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National Renewable Energy Lab Overview

Golden, CO
1001 to 5000 employees
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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development.

NREL develops renewable energy and energy efficiency ... Read more

Mission: Our emphasis is on a comprehensive energy approach that encompasses the relationship among key systems:

Fuel production
The built environment
Electricity generation and delivery.

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National Renewable Energy Lab – Why Work For Us?

At NREL, we focus on creative answers to today's energy challenges. From breakthroughs in fundamental science to new clean technologies to integrated energy systems that power our lives, NREL researchers are transforming the way the nation and the world use energy.

NREL has a rich history of scientific innovation and partnering with industry.

Explore examples of our accomplishments across renewable energy and energy efficiency research.

NREL takes pride in its world-class research, talented staff, sustainable campus, and results that positively impact our local, national, and global communities. There are many ways for those in our community to discover what we’re all about.

Education Center: 

There are a variety of educational programs offered through NREL's education center to inspire our community to explore sustainable energy solutions to meet our future needs. Find out more about our scheduled programs for 4th grade—college-aged students, community group tours, and power lunch lectures. Visit NREL in the community for the latest news for NREL neighbors, campus and trail maps, and more.

NREL develops clean energy and energy efficiency technologies and practices, advances related science and engineering, and provides knowledge and innovations to integrate energy systems at all scales.

NREL Mission Focus:

R&D Programs:

NREL is the only federal laboratory dedicated to the research, development, commercialization, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

Join us in building a clean energy future.

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.

Partnership Opportunities: Join hundreds of entities including federal government, small and large businesses, international organizations, educational institutes, and non-profits with whom NREL partners.

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.

Listen to what some NREL staff are saying about working at NREL.

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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.

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    Good people, interesting work, good work/life balance.


    Only a summer intern, so not much negative to say.

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    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.

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National Renewable Energy Lab Awards & Accolades

  • New Face of Engineering, ASHRAE, 2013
  • Woody Award, Materials Research Society, 2012
  • Colorado Top Workplaces, Denver Post, 2013
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