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Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI)

RASEI (pronounced RAY-see) is a joint institute of the University of Colorado (CU-Boulder) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to expedite the energy industries of the 21st century by advancing renewable energy research, engineering, and analysis. RASEI forms the center of an integrated energy campus by combining the best of NREL’s mission and capabilities with the education and scholarship of CU-Boulder, in partnership with industry and other federal research labs for a new generation of research.

The Energy Challenge

We face an unprecedented energy challenge. Demand for energy is projected to double within the next few decades and continue to grow through the end of the century. To meet this ever-growing demand, energy industries of the 21st century need an entirely new infrastructure that produces more energy at a lower cost, uses energy far more efficiently, improves the security of the supply by relying more on domestic and stable sources, and produces far fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

The scale and complexity of the energy challenge and the intense competition in the energy marketplace necessitate a comprehensive approach for developing new energy industries. A measured investment from the public and private sectors and new models for public-private partnerships are required.

Understanding the dynamics of a new marketplace and the factors governing a sustainable energy system are crucial for emerging energy industries to succeed.

Understanding Scale and Complexity

The scale and complexity of the energy challenge and the intense competition in the energy marketplace necessitate a comprehensive approach for developing new energy industries, nationally and globally. A measured investment from the public and private sectors and new models for public-private partnerships will also be required. Understanding the dynamics of a new marketplace and the factors governing a sustainable energy system are crucial for 21st century energy industries to succeed. These systems must meet requirements for scaling to a terawatt, using readily available resources for manufacturing, and having a sustainable lifecycle.