National Renewable Energy Laboratory History: 1977-2016

Adam Nemett, Kimberly Adams

    Research output: Book/ReportBook


    Like the political and energy landscape at the time, the birth of the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI) in 1977, which then became the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in 1991, was at times tumultuous. Born from a need for better energy solutions, the newly formed U.S. Department of Energy realized that creating an organization solely dedicated to clean energy was crucial to our nation's ability to achieve energy independence. Forty-five years later, the "little lab in the hills" is at the forefront of clean energy innovation and is helping tackle our most daunting energy challenges. This book documents the creation of SERI and the politics and context of the times, from 1977 to 2016. It's the culmination of extensive independent research and formal oral history interviews - and it took more than a decade to complete. The "NREL History Project" was launched in 2009 to comprehensively record the birth and history of the laboratory to date. The project concluded in 2016 but was put on hold until 2021.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages33
    StatePublished - 2022

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/BK-6A42-84180


    • Adams
    • Hayes
    • history
    • Noun
    • Rappaport
    • SERI


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