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At NREL, we focus on creative answers to today's energy challenges. From breakthroughs in fundamental science to new clean technologies to integrated energy systems that power our lives, NREL researchers are transforming the way the nation and the world use energy.

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NREL Quick Facts


Research Programs

13 programs


$357 million*

Funding history


More than 1,000 scientific and technical materials published annually

Technology Partnerships

684 active partnerships

Technologies for Licensing

More than 800 patented or patent-pending technologies available for licensing

Campus Size

327 acres — Golden campus

305 acres — National Wind Technology Center


Nearly 1,700 employees

1,014 visiting researchers, postdoctoral students, interns, and contractors

College Degrees Held by Staff

More than 2,700

Countries Represented by Staff

More than 70

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*Fiscal year 2015