Boeing and NREL collaborate on RE technology

Major airplane technology developer Boeing and the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will collaborate on developing new renewable energy technology with an eye to enhancing energy security after signing a memorandum of understanding this week.

They also plan to develop microgrid technology as well as energy management and storage systems in a mission to increase US security partly through securing energy supply.

‘This agreement is a solid foundation for future endeavors between NREL and Boeing,’ said Tim Noonan, vice president of Boeing Energy.

‘Boeing’s working partnership with NREL will define and deploy next-generation energy technology and systems for the Department of Defense and the commercial sector.’

The agreement targets the enhancement of US energy security and aims to increase the US Department of Defense’s access to energy around the globe, Boeing said in a statement.

Additional areas of potential collaboration include cybersecurity, technology simulation, and large system integration.

‘This collaboration recognises the complementary capabilities that NREL and Boeing bring to developing secure, affordable and reliable energy,’ said Dan Arvizu, NREL director and chief executive.

Boeing and NREL plan to jointly develop the technology at Boeing’s Energy Laboratory in St Louis and at the new Energy Systems Integration Facility that NREL is establishing in Colorado.

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