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Commercialization Programs

Through our commercialization programs, we help accelerate the transfer of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies into the marketplace.

Clean Energy Alliance

The Clean Energy Alliance is an alliance of the nation's top business incubators that provide business services to nascent clean energy entrepreneurs. NREL partners with these elite business incubators to help foster the growth of robust clean energy businesses and commercialize their technologies.

Colorado Center for Renewable Energy Economic Development

Formerly the Colorado Cleantech Initiative program, the Colorado Center for Renewable Energy Economic Development (CREED) is a joint effort between NREL, the State of Colorado, and affiliated stakeholders to provide opportunities for economic development in Colorado, as well as energy efficiency and clean energy innovation, by connecting clean energy entrepreneurs, investors, and local service providers.

Commercialization Assistance Program

The NREL Commercialization Assistance Program (NCAP) helps emerging companies overcome technical barriers to commercializing clean energy technology. The program specifically helps renewable energy and energy efficiency companies by providing free assistance or information to help small businesses with specific technology questions or needs. Learn more about NCAP.

Energy Innovation Portal

NREL manages the Energy Innovation Portal for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). It provides one-stop-shopping for clean energy technologies available for licensing from DOE labs and participating research institutions. Learn more about the Energy Innovation Portal.

Industry Growth Forum

NREL's Industry Growth Forums have provided clean energy entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their business cases to an expert panel of investors and energy executives. Learn more.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center

Through the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, we can help clean energy businesses develop market orientations by facilitating strong links with the financial community, as well as other key stakeholders in the commercialization process.


For more information about NREL's commercialization programs, contact Richard Adams, 303-275-3051.