Science Projects in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
energy efficiency RD. NREL is managed by Midwest Research Institute and Battelle. Established in 1974, NREL began operating in 1977 as the Solar Energy Research Institute. It was designated a national laboratory of the Department of Energy (DOE) in September 1991 and its name changed to NREL. NREL develops renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and practices, .