Kansas City, MO, October 1, 1998 — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that the team of Midwest Research Institute (MRI), Battelle and Bechtel, with MRI as the prime contractor, has been selected to manage and operate the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). This competition was initiated in October 1997. The DOE contract is for five years with an option for an additional five-year, non-competitive extension. The estimated value of the contract for the first five-years is $800 million to one billion dollars.
"Our team was able to offer a history of outstanding management and operation by MRI, along with the world class research and technological innovation experience of Battelle and the technology commercialization and deployment capabilities of Bechtel," said MRI President John McKelvey. "We are now looking forward to taking NREL to the next level of excellence for the 21st century."
NREL is the nation's premier laboratory for renewable energy research. Its mission is to lead the nation toward a sustainable energy future by developing and deploying renewable energy technologies and improving energy efficiency.
Battelle brings nearly 70 years of research and development experience to the NREL management team. Battelle employs about 7,000 scientists, engineers, and supporting specialists worldwide working with both industrial and government clients in developing new technologies and products.
"We are very excited to be part of the NREL team," said Doug Olesen, Battelle President and CEO. "NREL is a global leader in renewable energy and Battelle's science and technology base links well with the laboratory."
Bechtel is one of the world's foremost engineering and construction companies, providing premier design, procurement, construction, project management and advisory services to customers on every continent. Bechtel Technology & Consulting, which has the U.S. engineering industry's largest research and development staff, also is a part of Bechtel.
"We are very excited with the opportunity to continue expanding Bechtel's high technology endeavors and supporting DOE's important energy research and development mission," said Larry Papay, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Bechtel Technology & Consulting. "While Bechtel has a 100-year tradition of excellence in engineering and construction, this contract provides a significant opportunity for us to apply this experience to the innovative technology that is the hallmark of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory."
This is the fifth consecutive NREL contract awarded to Midwest Research Institute, which has directed the laboratory since its inception in 1977. MRI is one of the nation's leading independent research institutes, providing new and innovative solutions to a variety of research problems in energy, environment, health, engineering and technology development.
The new NREL management and operations team of MRI, Battelle, and Bechtel will work on behalf of the Department of Energy to develop innovative renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies, and with the private sector to incorporate these technologies into cost effective new products.