With unique instrumentation and equipment, state-of-the-art facilities, as well as on-site experts, the national laboratories offer a myriad of facilities and capabilities to advance your business and technology development.

Lemont, IL

  • Advanced Photon Source User Facility—Allows better understanding of premature failures by using an advanced photon source light beam to look deep inside the material of failed turbine components to locate microscopic cracks inside the steel bearings.
  • Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facilities—Provides access to meteorological instrumentation for wind forecasting and plant optimization.

Idaho Falls, ID

  • The Critical Infrastructure Test Range Complex—Offers a complex fiber optic communication network and scientific-grade instrumentation and data acquisition systems to support complex power grid testing.
  • Wireless National User Facility—Enables researchers to address national challenges in infrastructure security, communications interoperability, spectrum utilization, and the reliability of wireless technologies.

Berkeley, CA

  • Electricity Markets and Policy Research—Delivers research and analysis expertise, including renewable energy policies, market potential of renewable electricity sources, electric grid operations and infrastructure impacts, and public acceptance and deployment barriers.
  • Cyclotron Road—Offers a home for top entrepreneurial researchers to advance technologies until they can succeed beyond the research lab by supporting critical technology development and helping identify the most suitable business models, partners, and financing mechanisms for long-term impact.

Livermore, CA

  • Model and Site Validation—Supplies a 7,000-acre rural facility used as a key site for model and observation site validation.
  • Mobile Observational Instruments—Gives access to mobile observational instruments, including LIDAR, surface flux measurements, and sonic anemometry.

Golden, CO

  • Dynamometer Research Facilities—Allows engineers to conduct analyses on the mechanical and electrical systems of a wind turbine.
  • Field Test Sites—Provide numerous test pads to field test prototypes of small and large wind turbines.
  • National Wind Technology Center—Gives industry partners the technical support needed to develop wind turbine components and improve upon existing technologies.
  • Regional Test Centers—Offer access to test centers that provide technical assistance to support the small wind turbine market.
  • Structural Testing Laboratory—Support assembly of small- and large-scale components and turbines for atmospheric by providing space, as well as property, static, and fatigue tests required by blade manufacturers to certify blade and wind turbine designs.

Richland, WA

  • Systems Engineering Building—Provides space and equipment that furthers basic and applied research in electricity markets, generation, transmission, distribution, and end use, including buildings-grid integration.
  • Marine Sciences Lab—Offers research capabilities in ecotoxicology, analytical chemistry, wetland and coastal ecology, biotechnology, fisheries, ocean processes, remote sensing, remediation, water resources modeling, plus national and homeland security.
  • Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facilities—Grants access to meteorological instrumentation for wind forecasting and plant optimization.
  • Lab Homes—Provides custom side-by-side homes (i.e., baseline home and experimental home) to conduct energy research in a typical, occupied home environment.

Albuquerque, NM

  • Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility—Enables rapid, cost-efficient testing and development of wind energy technologies.
  • Wake-Imaging System—Improves the spatial- and temporal-resolution capabilities of velocity measurements within wind farms that are needed to provide the necessary data for validating high-fidelity simulations.
  • Synthetic Aperture Radar—Provides high-resolution imagery for wind radar interference research by using long-range propagation characteristics of radar signals and complex information processing.
  • Infrastructure Assurance and Non-Destructive Inspection Facility—Advances methods to reliably detect cracks, voids, weak bonds, and disbands in both metal and composite structures and associated damage tolerance and advanced materials studies.

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