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October 21, 2015

“Little Box Challenge” Inverters Arrive at NREL

Today, 18 finalist teams for the Little Box Challenge, presented by Google and the IEEE Power Electronics Society, converged at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to have their power inverters tested as part of a $1 million competition to build smaller devices for use in solar power systems.

October 19, 2015

NREL’s Enhanced Scenario Framework for Electricity Sector Analysis Provides Cost, Performance Data

Projections of potential energy futures are highly dependent on the assumptions associated with specific technologies, market conditions, and energy policies. A new framework from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) that includes generation technology cost assumptions and an ensemble of future scenarios is being used to improve the robustness and comparability of electric sector analysis by the lab, academia and other entities in the energy analysis community.

October 8, 2015

NREL Dedicates Advanced Hydrogen Fueling Station

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today dedicated its 700 bar hydrogen fueling station, the first of its kind in Colorado and in the national lab system, as part of a celebration of National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day.

September 29, 2015

NREL Assesses Costs of Adding New Generation to Existing Power Systems

New study uses a quantitative approach to characterize the integration-related costs of making changes to an existing grid.

September 11, 2015

NREL Signs Agreement With China’s National Utility

Representatives of the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and China’s State Grid Energy Research Institute today signed a first-ever memorandum of understanding between the two organizations.

August 13, 2015

ESIF 2015 Mid-Year Report Highlights Facility's Latest Successes

The ESIF 2015 Mid-Year Report provides an overview of recent work at the Energy Systems Integration Facility from October 2014 to March 2015.

August 12, 2015

NREL Leads Working Group to Standardize Testing for “Smart” Solar Inverters

Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, NREL energy systems integration researchers led the working group for the recently passed IEEE amendment 1547.1a, which standardizes testing protocols and procedures for three advanced solar inverter functionalities.

July 27, 2015

Popular Mechanics: Scientists Break This Virtual Power Grid to Save the Real One

Popular Mechanics describes how NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility helps integrate solar power into outdated systems—without causing blackouts or explosions in the process.

July 27, 2015

NREL's Power Systems Research Highlighted at 2015 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting

NREL's power systems research will be featured prominently at the IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting July 27-31, 2015, in Denver.

July 13, 2015

Making a Computer Model of the Most Complex System Ever Built

The eastern part of the North American power grid will likely host an increasing percentage of renewable energy in years to come, and NREL wants to see how that will work.

June 15, 2015

NREL Partnerships to Help the Grid Accommodate More Renewable Energy

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announces five new partnerships that will award up to $6.5 million in federal funds to technical teams throughout the country. The cost-shared projects with industry, universities, and other stakeholders will address the challenge of enabling the nation’s electric grid to handle increasing amounts of renewable energy.

June 15, 2015

NREL and Partners Review Integration Studies, Show Wind and Solar Can Support Proposed EPA Goal of 30% Carbon Dioxide Emissions Reduction

Report summarizes relevant studies that show wind and solar power plants can improve power system operations, reliability, and stability while reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 30% or more—helping inform the public discussion surrounding the cost and reliability impacts of complying with the EPA’s proposed target.

June 15, 2015

NREL Innovates Today for the Homes of Tomorrow

Researchers and industry partners collaborate in the Smart Power Lab on energy-saving technologies for the smart homes of the future.

June 8, 2015

NREL, Clemson University Collaborate on Wind Energy Testing Facilities

Two of our nation’s most advanced wind energy research and test facilities have joined forces to help the wind energy industry improve the performance of wind turbine drivetrains and better understand how the turbines can integrate more effectively with the electrical grid.

May 13, 2015

EPRI and NREL Develop Standard Messaging to Facilitate DER Communication and Control

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and NREL have developed and tested a standard messaging platform for distributed energy resources (DER)--solar panels, wind turbines, microgrids, and battery storage--that use smart inverters to connect to the grid.

May 4, 2015

INL and NREL Demonstrate Power Grid Simulation at a Distance

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Idaho National Laboratory (INL) have successfully demonstrated the capability to connect grid simulations at their two labs for real time interaction via the Internet. This new inter-lab capability enables the modeling of power grids in greater detail by allowing software and equipment anywhere in the world to establish a real-time connection to the unique facilities and capabilities available within the DOE national laboratory complex.

April 17, 2015

NREL and Partners Review Key Issues, Lessons Learned from U.S. Wind Integration Studies and Operating Practices

As a complement to DOE's recently released Wind Vision Report, a new paper summarizes the lessons learned from actual power systems operational practice, along with some of the most relevant and comprehensive wind integration studies conducted during the past several years.

April 16, 2015

NREL's ESIF Offers Equipment Testing on Grand Scale

NREL Power Systems Engineering Center Director Dr. Ben Kroposki spoke to Smart Grid Today about the unique capabilities of the Energy Systems Integration Facility.

April 14, 2015

NREL Teams with Southern California Gas to Launch First Power-to-Gas Project in U.S.

Demonstration projects will create and test a power-to-gas concept that uses electricity from renewable sources to make carbon-free hydrogen gas.

April 6, 2015

NREL Fills Key Leadership Role for Energy Systems Security and Resilience

Dr. Erfan Ibrahim has joined the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory as director of Cyber Physical Systems Security and Resilience for NREL’s Energy Systems Integration directorate. This critical area of research and development addresses the challenges of integrating clean energy sources into the national energy infrastructure.

February 25, 2015

NREL's WIND Toolkit Provides the Data Needed to Conduct Power System Simulations

Researchers who conduct regional wind integration studies in the United States need to perform simulations of how the power system will operate under high-penetration scenarios. To do this they need detailed wind power output data from many locations. The wind data sets that are used in these studies must realistically reflect the ramping characteristics, spatial and temporal correlations, and capacity factors of the simulated wind plants, and must be time-synchronized with available load profiles.

February 24, 2015

NREL Handbook Helps Industry Collect and Interpret Solar Resource Data for Solar Energy Applications

Comprehensive handbook is a valuable resource for the solar industry on the collection and interpretation of solar resource data for each stage of a solar energy project, from initial site selection to systems operations.

February 13, 2015

2014 Energy Systems Integration Facility Annual Report Available for Download

New report highlights research and achievements for the ESIF in its first year of operation.

February 12, 2015

Testing at NREL Aids Solar Power in Hawaii

Inverter load rejection overvoltage (LRO) tests completed by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory as part of a cooperative research agreement with SolarCity have proven so successful that a testing partner, Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO), has proposed to double its hosting capacity for solar energy.

January 23, 2015

New Video Shows How NREL Is Redefining What's Possible for Renewable Energy Through Grid Integration

NREL is spearheading engineering innovations that will help optimize the entire energy system, and the lab's analysis capabilities complement that engineering work by identifying ways to integrate renewable energy effectively and economically. This 3-minute video shows how NREL research and analysis are redefining what’s possible for renewable energy on the grid.

January 21, 2015

Visit NREL ESI Program at DistribuTECH 2015

Stop by booth #4622 at DistribuTECH 2015 in San Diego to learn more NREL's state-of-the-art capabilities in energy systems integration.

January 13, 2015

ERGIS Meeting Analyzes Data from Renewable Energy Integration Study

In December 2014, NREL's Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study (ERGIS) team worked with more than 20 industry representatives to analyze initial results from the largest renewable energy integration study ever conducted.