NREL's Renewable Fuels and Lubricants (ReFUEL) Laboratory is a state-of-the-art research and testing facility for advanced fuels and vehicles. Research and development focuses on overcoming barriers to the increased use of renewable diesel and other nonpetroleum-based fuels, such as biodiesel and synthetic diesel derived from biomass, and improving vehicle efficiency. Using biofuels and improving vehicle efficiency reduces our dependence on imported petroleum and enhances our national energy security.
The ReFUEL Laboratory houses the following specialized equipment:
Heavy-duty chassis dynamometer with a simulation capability of 8,000 to 80,000 lbs for vehicle performance and emissions research
The ReFUEL facility is available to members of the research community interested in testing advanced fuels, prototype engines, and hybrid powertrains for next generation vehicle technologies. Visit the Working with Us page to learn about our partnership opportunities.
The ReFUEL Laboratory is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Office. Work in the ReFUEL Laboratory, which supports several NREL programs, is led by the Center for Transportation Technologies and Systems.