The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) was established
by the Solar Energy Research Development and Demonstration Act
of 1974. Originally called the Solar Energy Research Institute,
NREL began operating in July 1977 and was designated a national
laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in September
An energy audit tool that more accurately pinpoints potential energy savings while potentially costing 35 percent to 75 percent less than traditional audits is set to hit the multi-billion-dollar energy retrofit industry next year.
Keith Emery always had amazing computer programming skills, but he lacked that special gift for creating solar cells. So, 30 years ago he switched to something more in his wheelhouse -- characterizing and measuring the efficiency of solar cells and modules.
The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.