Capabilities and Expertise
Analysis at NREL aims to increase the understanding of the current and future characteristics, roles, and interactions of government, markets, and technologies. The acquired understanding is used to inform technology, benefits, market, policy, and program decisions as energy efficient and renewable energy (RE) technologies advance from concept to commercial application.
Evaluating the Attributes of RE Technologies. NREL's Technology Systems Analysis examines RD&D areas in terms of potential costs, benefits, risks, uncertainties, and timeframes.
Understanding Market Responses to RE Technologies. The Lab's Market Analysis helps key players increase the use of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies in the marketplace.
Identifying Policies that Complement RE Technologies. The Lab's Policy Analysis evaluates policies that can advance—or provide alternatives to—renewable energy technologies in meeting national goals
Projecting the Impacts of RE Technologies. The Lab's Sustainability Analysis looks at the environmental, life-cycle, climate, and other impacts of renewable energy technologies.