NREL's state-of-the-art research facilities provide the venue for groundbreaking innovations and collaboration in energy systems integration.
The nation's premier user facility for research, development, and demonstration of the components and strategies needed to optimize our entire energy system.
High-performance computing facilities at the Energy Systems Integration Facility that provide high-speed, petaflop-scale computer processing as well as data visualization labs with onsite and remote-viewing capabilities.
A first-of-its-kind facility at the Energy Systems Integration Facility with hydrogen storage, compression, and dispensing capabilities for fuel cell vehicle fueling and component testing.
A collaborative facility for assessing charging, communication, and control technologies and for modifying plug-in electric vehicles to play an active role in building and grid management.
A flexible, multipurpose, multi-laboratory facility that enables detailed evaluation and development of building and thermal energy systems.
A lab that continuously collects basic solar radiation measurements and has expertise in integrated metrology, optics, electronics, and data acquisition as well as outdoor performance-testing facilities.
An integrated, world-class test facility, called SolarTAC, where the solar industry can research, validate, and demonstrate photovoltaic and concentrating solar power technologies to accelerate integration with the electric grid.
Renewable Integration Facilities – National Wind Technology Center
Located in Boulder, Colorado, the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) offers similar integration capabilities to the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) on NREL's Golden, Colorado, campus, but at a larger 1–10 megawatt scale that goes beyond the physical limitations of the ESIF. NWTC hardware can be connected virtually to the ESIF's software modeling and power hardware-in-the-loop capabilities—allowing NREL researchers and collaborators to simulate operation of the national electric grid while introducing the effects of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. These simulations help inform research on the introduction of large amounts of renewable generation into the grid while maintaining grid stability.