Commercial and Industrial Partnerships

NREL works with partners in the manufacturing, chemical, and power industries to decarbonize products and processes, including building and transportation electrification.


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NREL partnership projects find the most energy-efficient and sustainable solutions for manufacturing products and processes. Partner with NREL to:

  • Support low-carbon energy research, invest in renewables, and apply standardized energy-efficiency protocols
  • Advance research associated with bio-based materials in textiles and consumer goods as well as upcycling strategies for today's plastics
  • Improve power electronic devices and reliability for stable grid connection of variable loads
  • Optimize manufacturing supply/value chains through detailed cost and sensitivity analyses around all phases of a product's life cycle.


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NREL and its partners reduce organizations' carbon footprints through ongoing carbon conversion and utilization research and plastics upcycling. Work with NREL to:

  • Advance research in plastics upcycling, bio-based products, and waste valorization
  • Address plastic pollution by joining Bio-Optimized Technologies to Keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment (BOTTLE™) plastics upcycling consortium
  • Develop a biorefining process to produce sustainable aviation fuel compatible with 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.


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Partners work with NREL on renewable power generation, innovations in electricity transmission and distribution, energy load management, and enablers such as storage technologies, including hydrogen. Work alongside NREL on:

  • Building and transportation electrification, including emerging technology assessments for utilities
  • Integrated utility system modeling capabilities to support utilities with low-carbon electricity strategies
  • Strategy development and planning for land-based and offshore wind, including wind-to-hydrogen production.

Learn more about how to work with us through NREL's research program areas.