Mission: Our emphasis is on a comprehensive energy approach that encompasses the relationship among key systems:
The built environment
Electricity generation and delivery.
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NREL Mission Focus:
NREL is the only federal laboratory dedicated to the research, development, commercialization, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
NREL offers many opportunities to industry, organizations, government, researchers, businesses, students, educators, and vendors. At NREL, we work with organizations large and small through research partnerships, licensing of NREL technologies, support for cleantech stakeholders, and fostering the clean energy economy. Join us to accelerate the movement of renewable energy and energy-efficient solutions into practical applications.
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Research Facilities: NREL’s state-of-the-art facilities are available to industry and organizations for researching and developing their energy technologies.
Licensing: NREL scientists and engineers produce breakthrough and award-winning renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies that are available for licensing.
Commercialization for Clean Energy Entrepreneurs: Let us help accelerate the transfer of your renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies into the marketplace through one of our various commercialization programs.
NREL's world-class staff bring knowledge and expertise from across the globe. Our diverse backgrounds enable the laboratory to create clean energy solutions built upon a wide range of experiences and ideas. At NREL, we believe that fostering an inclusive work environment maximizes the unique talents of every NREL employee—regardless of race, sex, gender, religion, or nationality.
Today's energy challenges are dynamic and far-reaching, and they demand greater integration among many energy systems and resources. If we are to advance clean energy solutions at all scales, and create a workplace that allows everyone at NREL to succeed, our business culture must foster respect for individual differences and seek out diverse viewpoints.
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Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, a cultural activity connoisseur, or an avid sports fan, the Denver Metro area offers it all. With over 300 days of sunshine a year, we think you'll see pretty quickly that it doesn't get much better than calling Colorado home.
Our main campus in Golden, Colorado, is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and is just 20 minutes west of Denver. The National Wind Technology Center is located 20 miles north of Golden, outside of Boulder, Colorado, and we also operate a small, satellite office in Washington, D.C. near the U.S. Department of Energy's headquarters.
I have been working at National Renewable Energy Lab full-time (More than a year)
Flexibility to explore realms of science relevant to your job description. With the correct connections, motivation, and foundational capability you really can work on anything related to the laboratories mission
As a non-profit, and specifically due to the way the DOE budgets, projects and management can become political. This does not significantly diminish the breadth and quality of research/work but is a definite con.
I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at National Renewable Energy Lab (Golden, CO).
The overall interview process was easy and very well co-ordinated.Three rounds of interview. Initially,phone screen with HR,then skype interview and in the end onsite interview.The onsite will have 4-5 one to one interview.