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Working with Us

NREL works with industry in a public-private contracting environment to research, design, and build advanced water power technologies. NREL's National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) has an outstanding performance record for working with the wind industry to advance wind turbine science and lower the cost of wind-generated electricity and is now leveraging this experience to advance water power technologies.

Flexibility is the key to government-industry collaborations at the NWTC, where companies get the support they need and can take full advantage of the center's capabilities. Some companies provide their own engineering expertise and only require access to facilities. Other firms have NREL engineers conduct tests on equipment and then report on the results. The center's services are individually tailored to meet industry needs.

NREL is dedicated to making its equipment and facilities readily accessible to industry in a manner that is both convenient and affordable. These efforts support the U.S. Department of Energy's goal of ensuring that federally sponsored technology development reaches the marketplace. By encouraging industry's efforts to develop reliable water power technologies, NREL is helping to create a stronger domestic economy and new jobs in the renewable energy industry. NREL is helping to boost our domestic economy by creating new jobs at NREL and helping the wind industry generate jobs.

Developing Technology Partnerships

NREL offers a variety of technology partnership agreements to help you gain access to our research expertise:

  • Work collaboratively with us on a wind research project through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA).
  • Pay NREL to conduct research without your collaboration through Work for Others (WFO) or sponsored research, such as an Analytical Services Agreement. These options are effective ways for industry to make good use of the NWTC's expertise and unique research facilities.
  • Submit a proposal in response to any active solicitation for assisting NREL with a water power R&D activity.
  • Work with NREL researchers through mentored research internships and fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students.

Do you have questions about current partnerships? Contact David Simms at 303-384-6942.

Licensing Our Technology

Your company can license any available NREL patented technologies. For more information, see a list of wind energy technologies available for licensing.

Got Inventions?

NREL's role as a national laboratory generally precludes us from evaluating or developing outside inventions. Inventors usually must pay an appropriate consultant in the field. Inventors can search the U.S. Patent Office Web site to see if anyone has already patented something similar.