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.

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.

Lowering Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide in a Large-Scale Renewable Energy Electrochemical Process: The Future Is Here

SoCalGas, Electrochaea, and NREL Partner in Launching Hydrogen-to-Methane Bioreactor

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.

Hydrogen Storage

Renewable Electrolysis

Case Studies

Answer to Energy Storage Problem Could Be Hydrogen

A Partnership With Xcel Energy, NREL's Wind-to-Hydrogen Demonstration Project

NREL, Giner Evaluated Polymer Electrolyte Membrane for Maximizing Renewable Energy on Grid

NREL researches, develops, and demonstrates technologies to advance the use of geothermal energy as a clean, renewable, domestic power source for the United States.

Geothermal Research

Learn about all of NREL's partnership opportunities.