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Commercialization Programs

Through our commercialization programs, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (IEC) helps accelerate the transfer of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies into the marketplace.

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.

Incubatenergy Network

The Incubatenergy Network provides nationwide coordination of clean energy incubators and stakeholders connecting to share best practices, support clean energy entrepreneurs, and ultimately help facilitate a smoother transition to a more sustainable clean energy economy. Learn more.

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.

Small Business Vouchers Pilot

NREL is participating in DOE's Small Business Vouchers (SBV) Pilot, which matches selected clean energy small businesses with experts from DOE national laboratories—and gives businesses vouchers that can be exchanged for national lab technical assistance. Learn more about the SBV Pilot at NREL.


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