NREL Joins Global Alliance of Solar Energy Research Institutes
10 July 2012: The US Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced that it has joined the newly-formed Global Alliance of Solar Energy Research Institutes, which aims to stimulate joint solar research and progress toward increased use of solar energy.
Other Alliance members include the German Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, and the Japanese Research Center for Photovoltaic Technologies, which is a research unit of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. The main goals of the Alliance are to stimulate solar energy research, progress towards energy development goals, and increased use of solar energy. The cooperation entails the exchange of researchers for up to two years.
NREL Director Dan Arvizu signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among the Alliance partners at the opening session of the Intersolar North America Exhibition and Conference in San Francisco, US, on 9 July 2012. [NREL Press Release] [Conference Website]