A new research center in Golden, Colorado, will help boost the integration of clean energy technologies into the electricity grid.
Located at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, the Energy Systems Integration Facility is the nation’s first facility to help both public and private sector researchers scale-up promising clean energy technologies -- from solar modules and wind turbines to electric vehicles and efficient, interactive home appliances -- and test how they interact with each other and the grid.
This innovative research hub is the latest addition to the Energy Department’s national network of user facilities that provide nearly 30,000 scientists and engineers each year with open access to some of the world’s best instruments and tools -- including x-ray sources, accelerators and supercomputers.
Browse through the images in the slideshow to see unique elements of the facility -- from the High Performance Computing Data Center that houses a petascale supercomputer to experimental laboratories and utility-scale grid simulators.
Learn more about the Energy Systems Integration Facility by viewing the related press release: Energy Department, NREL Announce New Research Center to Boost Clean Energy Technologies on a Smarter Grid.