Partnering for Low Carbon Energy Research and Plastics Upcycling
Partner with NREL to reduce your organization's carbon footprint through our ongoing research in carbon conversion and utilization.
Here are a few reasons to work with us:
- Advance research associated with plastics upcycling, bio-based products, and waste valorization.
- Address plastic pollution by joining NREL and industry partners in Bio-Optimized Technologies to Keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment (BOTTLE™) plastics upcycling consortium.
- Partner with industry and academia to develop a biorefining process to produce sustainable aviation fuel both compatible with existing jet engines and capable of supporting net-zero-carbon flight.
- Develop energy transition strategies for traditional energy companies to incorporate alternative energy sources that meet emission goals.
Research Capabilities and Case Studies
Learn about our research capabilities and case studies below and see our breadth of experience with partners around the world.
NREL is dedicating resources to designing clean energy technologies with reducing, reusing, and upcycling in mind for energy-relevant and energy-intensive materials, processes, and technologies. This effort will help mitigate supply issues, promote upcycling, reduce waste, and add value to materials at end of life.
NREL and partners are working to create low-carbon fuels, which are scalable, and have low emissions both in the final use as well as during the production process.
The use of cheap, renewable electricity (instead of fossil fuels) to convert low-energy molecules such as water or carbon dioxide (CO2) into chemicals, materials, fuels, or even energy storage is emerging as an attractive solution. Electrons to molecules both reduces reliance on fossil fuels and drives CO2 capture and conversion efforts.
H2@Scale is a concept that explores the potential for wide-scale hydrogen production and utilization in the United States to enable resiliency of the power generation and transmission sectors. Learn more about the H2@Scale study showing abundant opportunities for hydrogen in a future integrated energy system.
Learn about all of NREL's partnership opportunities.