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About NREL

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) advances the science and engineering of energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, and renewable power technologies and provides the knowledge to integrate and optimize energy systems.

NREL was designated a national laboratory by President George Bush on September 16, 1991. But the birth of the organization began more than two decades before. In 2017, NREL celebrated 40 years of driving advanced energy research.

View some of the many accomplishments celebrated over NREL's initial four decades, and learn more about NREL's mission and programs.