NREL's research programs are organized into six directorates. Learn more about how these organizations are advancing and transforming energy research.
Bioenergy Science and Technology
This directorate advances technologies to produce bio-based fuels, products, and energy. Research covers the full spectrum of discovery science, from exploratory research to pilot-scale processing; capabilities include biochemical conversion, thermochemical conversion, algal biofuels, and techno-economic and life-cycle analyses. The directorate is led by Associate Laboratory Director Adam Bratis.
Energy Systems Integration
Energy systems integration is an approach to solving complex energy challenges that explores ways for energy systems to work more efficiently on their own, with each other, and with the electric grid. NREL's energy systems integration directorate employs a holistic approach to developing, evaluating, and demonstrating innovative technologies and strategies to ensure that our energy sources, demand-response programs, and delivery systems can work seamlessly together. The directorate is led by Associate Laboratory Director Juan Torres.
Innovation, Partnering, and Outreach
NREL's Innovation, Partnering, and Outreach directorate accelerates the transfer of laboratory technologies to the marketplace. The directorate includes the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, helping to connect emerging advanced energy businesses with the financial community, NREL technical expertise and facilities, and the broader energy ecosystem. The directorate is led by Associate Laboratory Director Bill Farris.
Materials and Chemical Science and Technology
This directorate's capabilities span fundamental and applied R&D for renewable energy and energy efficiency. Key program areas include solar energy conversion for electricity and fuels, materials discovery and development for renewable energy technologies, hydrogen production and storage, and fuel cells. The directorate is led by Associate Laboratory Director William Tumas.
Mechanical and Thermal Engineering Sciences
The Mechanical and Thermal Engineering Sciences directorate conducts research and development to enable technology innovations in NREL’s advanced manufacturing, buildings, concentrating solar power, geothermal, transportation, water, and wind research programs. The directorate is led by Associate Laboratory Director Johney Green Jr.
Scientific Computing and Energy Analysis
The Scientific Computing and Energy Analysis directorate is home to NREL's capabilities in high-performance computing, computational science, applied mathematics, visualization and data, along with analysis of energy systems, technologies, policies, resources, and markets. The directorate is led by Associate Laboratory Director Robert Leland.