Princeton University has signed a master agreement with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, based in Golden, Colorado, allowing the easy exchange of researchers and students to accelerate the development of clean energy technologies. The U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory, known as NREL, has been the country’s flagship research center for sustainable energy since 1977 and has produced key breakthroughs in solar photovoltaics, biofuels, wind, and other clean energy areas.
Under the agreement, NREL appointed Michael Mueller, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, as a faculty researcher. Mueller, an expert in computational science, turbulence, and combustion, began working with NREL’s Computational Science Center in summer 2020 and helped facilitate the creation of the new overarching agreement. The master agreement is designed to accelerate collaboration between anyone at the University with colleagues at NREL by streamlining the appointment process and standardizing terms related to intellectual property.