Working with NREL

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Each year, NREL initiates or renews relationships with dozens of external partners, including research institutions, industry experts, large corporations, start-ups, and a variety of other organizations. The partnerships take on many forms, ranging from research and development to licensing agreements. Check out the map below to see if NREL is working with any industry partners near you.

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Partnership Types

  • Incubator
  • Licensing Agreement
  • MOU
  • Test & Evaluation Partner
  • Uses NREL Research Facilities
  • Work for Others
  • Other Relationships
Partnering Centers within NREL

  • Biosciences Center
  • Electricity Resources & Building Systems Integration
  • Hydrogen Technologies & Systems Center
  • Market Transformation Center
  • National Bioenergy Center
  • National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV): In 2011, the NCPV was working with over 90 different partners through a variety of agreements and programs[1].
  • National Wind Technology Center (NWTC)
  • Renewable Electricity & End Use Systems
  • Science & Technology
  • Thermal Systems Group
  • Transportation Technologies and Systems

Programs and Projects that Foster Partnerships

  • National Account Companies (NACs) are part of a DOE program called the Net-Zero Energy Commercial Building Initiative (CBI). The purpose of the program was to advance research in the areas of low- and zero-net-energy commercial buildings, with the goal of developing market-ready, net zero-energy commercial buildings by 2025. The National Accounts Program (also called Commercial Building National Accounts has fostered relationships between DOE's National Laboratories (PNNL and NREL) and companies from the private sector[2] [3].


  1.  "Working With the National Center for Photovoltaics"
  2.  "NREL News Feature"
  3.  "EERE Fact Sheet"