Collaboratory Hails DOE Selection of New Alliance to Lead NREL

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Collaboratory Hails DOE Selection of New Alliance to Lead NREL

DENVER, Colo., July 31, 2008 – The Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory reacted enthusiastically to the selection of the Alliance for Sustainable Energy as the new manager of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The Department of Energy announced the selection of ASE to manage NREL, a DOE lab based in Golden, Colorado, after a thorough review of competing proposals. 

ASE is a limited partnership owned and operated equally by the Midwest Research Institute and Battelle, the two non-profit organizations that have managed NREL jointly for the past ten years. The Collaboratory is a renewable energy research consortium created by NREL, the Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University and the University of Colorado at Boulder. 

“DOE’s choice of ASE is wonderful news for Colorado and the Collaboratory,” said David Hiller, Executive Director of the Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory.   “MRI and Battelle worked closely with Governor Ritter and with the Collaboratory to craft their winning proposal, and Colorado will enjoy many benefits from NREL’s expanded programming under the new management team.”  

Among other innovations, ASE’s proposal gives the three Collaboratory universities – CU-Boulder, CSU and the School of Mines – representation on the Alliance Board of Directors. In addition, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University will also have representatives on the Board.

“ASE’s proposal allows for greater input from the three Colorado schools at the same time that it draws MIT and Stanford into NREL’s management circle,” noted Bill Farland, Vice President for Research at CSU. “We’re looking forward to being a part of NREL’s management team and to building new relationships with two internationally acclaimed universities. That’s a win-win for all of us.”

“One of the strengths of ASE’s proposal is the deepening of NREL’s connections with the Colorado research and business communities,”   according to John Poate, Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer at the School of Mines. “Colorado is going to see new outreach and new investments from NREL and ASE that will generate real economic – and academic – benefits.”


Stein Sture, Vice Chancellor for Research at CU-Boulder observed: “NREL has long been the world’s leading renewable energy research institution, but this new team will propel NREL and the Collaboratory to new heights. CU, CSU and Mines have worked very closely with NREL in the Collaboratory for the past two years. ASE’s plans will raise the profile of NREL and the Collaboratory, and together we will lead the way in creating new energy technologies and bringing them to market.”  

Among other objectives, ASE’s winning proposal outlined the following goals for NREL:

Driving market-relevant technology innovations by partnering with industry, academic and governmental researchers across the nation and around the world.

Accelerating commercialization and deployment through new business strategies and partnership arrangements to rapidly move revolutionary innovations from concept to consumer.

Serving as the definitive source of objective analysis on renewable energy for DOE and the private sector to accelerate achievement of national energy goals.

Creating the Campus of the Future with facilities and infrastructure that showcase sustainable energy on the NREL site and in nearby partnering facilities. 


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