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
NREL's mission is to develop renewable energy and energy efficiency
technologies and practices, advance related science and engineering,
and transfer knowledge and innovations to address the nation's
energy and environmental goals.
NREL conducts research in almost 50 areas of scientific investigation
include basic energy research, photovoltaics, wind energy, building
technologies, advanced vehicle technologies, solar thermal electric,
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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.