The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and is the nation's primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development (R&D). NREL is based in Golden, CO. Although originally focused on solar energy, NREL's focus has since broadened to renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, with R&D competencies in renewable electricity conversion and delivery systems, renewable fuels formulation and delivery, efficient and integrated energy systems, and strategic energy analysis. NREL research facilities include the National Wind Technology Center, the Solar Energy Research Facility, a High Flux Solar Furnace, a Thermal Test Facility, and other controlled and field settings.
In late 2008, NREL established an Alaska initiative under its Integrated Deployment Program, and now staffs an office in Anchorage. Current Alaskan research efforts include performance monitoring of wind- PV-diesel-battery hybrid systems in remote applications, feasibility assessment of large "stranded" renewables, energy efficiency monitoring of near net zero energy residential construction, integrated food and energy systems, woody biomass energy system development for whole village application, and tidal and in-stream hydrokinetic technology.1
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