U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Keller is well-suited for the post.
“The Department of Energy welcomes Dr. Martin Keller as the new director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory," Moniz said. "Martin’s track record in building links between the basic sciences and our nation’s energy challenges will help NREL reinforce its place as the world’s leading laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development.”
Keller joins NREL from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) where he served as the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Environmental Sciences.
Moniz also thanked outgoing director Dr. Dan E. Arvizu for his service of more than 10 years as NREL director. "As director, Dan helped to bolster America's research efforts in renewable energy and energy efficiency, and Martin will continue that effort, further advancing America's low-carbon economy," he said. "We look forward to seeing the important innovations NREL will put forth in our national interest under this renewal of strong leadership.”
Located in Golden, Colorado, NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for the Energy Department by The Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.