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Technology Development

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NREL researchers develop advanced technologies that will enable more distributed energy resources to be integrated with the electric grid.
Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL

NREL develops modular interconnection technology that can provide reasonably priced interconnection and improved functionality for energy management and grid support. Work in this area also includes the development of advanced control and monitoring technologies and operational concepts to enhance the integration of distributed energy resources with the electric grid.

If distributed resources are to achieve their full potential, they must be interconnected with the electric power system. However, interconnection technologies are often site-, technology-, and utility-specific. As a result, interconnection is frequently expensive and time-consuming. Through technology development research, NREL works collaboratively with industry and stakeholders to address these challenges.

Learn about NREL's current technology development projects: