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NREL and CSIRO sign collaboration deal

An agreement between Australia and the United States will see greater international research collaboration in areas related to plastic waste and renewable energy. The CSIRO has signed a MoU with the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

The agreement was signed at the Sydney Energy Forum by Dr Larry Marshall, CSIRO chief executive and Dr Peter Green, NREL deputy laboratory director for Science and Technology and chief research officer.

Marshall said the partnership represents a shared commitment to work together to help drive scientific and technical innovation across nationwide energy systems.

“It builds on the existing collaboration between our two organisations in solar, energy resilience, the Global Power System Transformation Alliance and plastics research,” he said. “It aligns closely to Australia’s national interests, including in hydrogen and grid resilience as well as CSIRO’s major research missions to help end plastic waste and build Australia’s clean hydrogen industry.”

“We are excited about this MoU, which will facilitate expanded collaboration between our two research institutions,” Green said. “Together we will leverage the significant intellectual, research, and infrastructure capabilities of both institutions to address some of the most pressing challenges associated with achieving the global energy transition. Under the agreement, CSIRO and NREL will initially focus on four areas of strategic importance to Australia: hydrogen, global power system transformation (G-PST), plastics, and an accelerator/incubator program for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that has the potential to transform our global energy future,” he said.

The agreement transforms the agencies’ existing relationship from one based on individual projects to a program of solution-driven science, research and innovation.