Kansas City, Missouri [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Officials at Midwest Research Institute (MRI) and Battelle, co-managers of the U.S. DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), plan to jointly pursue the management and operating (M&O) contract for NREL when their current contract expires in November 2008.
“MRI and Battelle have forged a strong working relationship while co-managing NREL over the past decade,” said James L. Spigarelli, President and CEO of MRI.
“Through our collaborative efforts and support, NREL scientists and engineers have established an impressive track record for research and developing new technologies that are advancing the applications of energy efficiency and renewable energy, such as biofuels, solar and wind,” said Spigarelli, “to address the nation’s energy challenges and President Bush’s Advanced Energy Initiative.”
MRI, a nonprofit scientific research institute in Kansas City, Missouri, has managed NREL since its inception in 1977 and brought Battelle, an independent nonprofit R&D and laboratory management organization based in Columbus, Ohio, to the NREL M&O management team nearly ten years ago.
Combined, Battelle and MRI have more than 70 years of experience in managing or co-managing six leading-edge national laboratories for DOE.
In June, DOE officials announced that they will compete the M&O contract for NREL, located in Golden, Colorado, when the contract expires. The competition reflects DOE’s commitment to regularly compete its M&O contracts for national laboratories to ensure the greatest possible benefit to DOE, its mission and the nation.