Research Institutions


The research undertaken by the Center for Research and Education in Wind (CREW) will be primarily performed by CREW investigators, the scientists and faculty located at the four Collaboratory Institutions and two affiliated institutions.

Collaboratory Institutions

The Collaboratory Institutions include the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado State University, University of Colorado at Boulder, and Colorado School of Mines – all dedicated to performing world class research to develop new energy technologies and to transfer these advances as rapidly as possible to the private sector.

University of Colorado at Boulder

The University of Colorado (CU) offers a world-class community of faculty, staff, scientists, students and facilities. CU is a top ten U.S. public research university, and the only American Association of Universities institution in the Rocky Mountain Region. The university has produced four Nobel Laureates, many MacArthur, Fulbright and Packard Fellows, dozens of members of National Academies, and joint research institutes with national labs/agencies such as NIST, NOAA, NCAR and NASA. The university is also home to numerous research centers and faculty research groups in chemistry, physics, biology, engineering, business, social sciences, journalism and law that are directly involved in work on renewable and sustainable energy issues.

Colorado School of Mines

Colorado School of Mines (CSM) is a public research university devoted to engineering and applied science. CSM has distinguished itself by developing a curriculum and research program geared towards responsible stewardship of the earth and its resources. Since its founding in 1874, the translation of the school's mission into educational programs has been influenced by the needs of society. Those needs are now focused more clearly than ever before. The world faces a crisis in balancing resource availability with environmental protection, and CSM and its programs are central to the solution.

Colorado State University

Colorado State University (CSU) is internationally recognized for its research in clean energy technologies such as wind engineering, solar photovoltaics, solar-thermal technology, and smart grid technology as well as hydrogen generation and energy storage. CSU established the Clean Energy Supercluster, a multidisciplinary collaboration of more than 100 faculty members to speed cutting-edge technology to the marketplace to help solve global environmental problems. CSU's new School of Global Environmental Sustainability encompasses all environmental education and research at the university and allows CSU to address the multiple challenges to global sustainability. The new school will train the next generation of researchers, engineers, and entrepreneurs to offer environmentally sustainable and clean-energy solutions.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is dedicated to renewable energy and energy efficiency technology research and development (R&D). NREL's world-class scientists, researchers, and analysts are devoted to a full range of R&D activities that move these technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace, and ultimately, into our homes and businesses.


CREW collaborations also extend to two associated research institutions:

National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration

The National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA), Boulder, CO, is widely recognized for its high quality research on better understanding the dynamic Earth system. Scientists study an extensive array of atmospheric-related processes that affect air quality, weather, and climate. Researchers monitor the atmosphere, study the physical and chemical processes that comprise the Earth system, and integrate those findings into environmental information products. Among many new research endeavors, NOAA is focusing on specific atmospheric science research that will facilitate renewable energy development.

National Center for Atmospheric Research

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) provides outstanding scientists to advance the scientific understanding of the Earth system through modeling, and computational and observational technology holding the promise of an exciting new era for Earth system discovery and understanding. NCAR's activities as an integrator, innovator, and community builder are contributing to the development of a predictive Earth system science that can help sustain Earth's habitability, improve environmental quality, safeguard human health, reduce the impacts of natural disasters, and increase economic productivity.


CU launched the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) in early 2006 to become an international force in solving the energy challenge through research, education and technology commercialization. Based on extensive faculty input, CU determined that a successful initiative must be highly interdisciplinary, integrating the University's extensive research in renewable and sustainable energy with its strengths in climate and environmental science, behavioral studies, policy analysis, and entrepreneurship. RASEI reflects this integration with a three-pronged approach that emphasizes discovery, transformation, and entrepreneurship.

Affiliate Research Institutions

From time to time, the CREW Executive Board may approve a third-party research institution to perform research jointly with a Collaboratory Institution under one of the three CREW research programs. Third-party research institutions may be involved in a research project on a one-time basis or be asked to join CREW for a specific period of time as an Affiliate Research Institution. If your organization is interested in becoming an Affiliate Research Institution, please contact Jennifer Jackson:
jenn18 at rams dot colostate dot edu