NREL is transforming energy through science by leading research and development in these areas.
Our research and analysis helps manufacturers find energy-efficient, sustainable solutions for their products and processes.
We develop synthetic pathways to novel chemical systems and semiconductor materials and explore fundamental energy conversion and transport processes to enable next-generation energy technologies.
Our bioenergy research explores biomass at the molecular level to bring biofuels and bioproducts to market.
We advance the science and engineering of energy efficiency in buildings, schools, communities, and districts by optimizing energy systems and renewable technologies.
Our scientists investigate materials and processes for converting renewable resources into chemical and electrical energy.
We solve energy challenges using high-performance computing, applied mathematics, scientific data management, visualization, and informatics.
Our energy analysis informs policy and investment decisions that lead to more resilient, reliable, and efficient energy systems.
Our research aims to minimize the impact of disruptive events and address the most challenging energy security and resilience questions of our time.
NREL researches transformative energy storage at multiple scales to create storage options with high energy density, long storage life, and market adaptability.
We research, develop, and demonstrate technologies to advance geothermal energy as a clean, renewable, domestic power source.
Our researchers make our nation's electrical grid more flexible, reliable, resilient, secure, and sustainable.
We develop and demonstrate hydrogen production, delivery, and storage and fuel cell technologies for transportation, stationary, and portable applications.
We accelerate energy transitions through a system-of-systems approach that considers technology, policy, social, and market systems.
Our expertise supports the development of advanced energy technologies worldwide.
We provide materials science discovery and problem-solving for next-generation renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies.
Our solar research covers photovoltaics, concentrating solar power, solar grid and systems integration, and market research and analysis.
NREL transfers knowledge, innovation, and analysis to state, local, and tribal governments to solve local and national energy challenges.
Our transportation and mobility research accelerates the adoption of affordable, high-performance, low-emission, energy-efficient passenger and freight transportation.
Our water research validates, evaluates, develops, and demonstrates hydropower, marine, and hydrokinetic renewable energy systems, as well as integrated water systems.