The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced a series of Cooperative Research and Development Agreements(CRADAs) with 3M. The agreements establish joint investigations in three key areas of innovation: thin-film photovoltaics, concentrating solar power and biofuels.

The CRADAs range from jointly identifying and developing critical aspects of renewable energy technology to accelerated testing of 3M designs and scaling up successful prototype technologies for commercial production. The agreements last for at least one year.

“CRADAs like these with 3M not only help shift the nation to clean energy, but they also establish and expand important partnerships for product development through technology transfer,” said NREL Senior Vice President of Commercialization and Deployment Casey Porto. “3M's wide-ranging expertise and commitment in these fields makes this a key partnership for the laboratory.”