Mechanical and Thermal Engineering Sciences
The Mechanical and Thermal Engineering Sciences (MTES) directorate at NREL drives technological innovation in the areas of energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, and renewable power. We provide engineering and scientific expertise to a variety of federal agencies, including the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Office of Science, and ARPA-E, as well university and industry partners. The directorate is led by Associate Laboratory Director Dr. Johney Green Jr.
Identifying and developing advanced materials and processes that drive the impact of new energy technologies.
Increasing energy efficiencies in residential and commercial buildings that save money and add stability to the grid.
Advancing innovative technologies that capture sunlight and store heat to provide electricity on demand 24/7.
Developing cost-competitive technologies to advance the use of geothermal energy.
Accelerating widespread adoption of high-performance, low-emission, energy-efficient vehicles.
Researching innovative marine and hydrokinetic and hydropower technologies.
Developing, validating, and manufacturing groundbreaking wind energy innovations.
To reduce the cost of wind energy, we must be able to predict the complex flow physics in wind farms. Through the ExaWind project, NREL is partnering with Sandia National Laboratories and scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Texas at Austin to develop new simulation capabilities to improve our understanding of the performance of whole wind plants. ExaWind is part of the Exascale Computing Project, a joint effort between the DOE Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration. Learn more about ExaWind.