Energy Systems Integration Facility Videos Text Versions
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Power Systems Integration Laboratory Video
The Power Systems Integration Laboratory focuses on developing and testing distributed energy systems for grid-connected, standalone, and microgrid applications up to a megawatt scale. The lab accommodates large equipment such as utility-scale inverters, microgrid devices, and vehicles. It also includes carbon-monoxide exhaust systems and a diesel storage tank to allow safe indoor operation.
Smart Power Laboratory Video
The Smart Power Laboratory focuses on integrating residential and commercial systems including photovoltaics, efficient appliances, and building automation. The technology created and tested in the lab will provide advanced functionalities to consumers and utilities and lead to more efficient integration of renewable energy into the smarter electric grid. For example, technologies are being developed that help turn off lights when people are not at home and operate energy-intensive appliances when electricity costs are low.
Energy Storage Laboratory Video
The Energy Storage Laboratory focuses on new storage solutions for the electric grid and vehicles. Examples include storage options for solar- and wind-generated energy to balance power loads, provide backup power, and enable more reliable and widespread use of renewables. This laboratory also examines integration of electric vehicles with the grid, including optimizing charging infrastructures and controls. A drive-in environmental chamber will be available for evaluating the performance of systems under extreme ambient conditions.
Energy Systems Integration Laboratory Video
The Energy Systems Integration Laboratory provides a large, hazardous-rated facility with access to hydrogen and natural gas to investigate the integration of fuel systems, renewable energy sources and the utility grid.
The safety systems include combustible gas detection, redundant ventilation, infrared sensors, instrumentation, and control to ensure a safe operating environment for hydrogen-producing electrolyzers, compressors and fuel cell systems.
An outdoor test area provides space for a vehicle fueling station. The lab includes two bays for testing components and devices up to 15,000 psi.
Thermal Storage Process and Components Laboratory and Thermal Storage Materials Laboratory Video
In a concentrating solar power plant, thermal energy collected by solar fields can be stored in large tanks for later use. Thermal storage is essential for delivering energy when it's valued the most — including cloudy days and at night.
The Thermal Storage Process and Components Laboratory focuses on environmental performance—in a process environment—of fluids and materials for heat transfer and storage.
The Thermal Storage Materials Laboratory characterizes fluids and other materials that transfer or store heat. This lab measures the material properties including their capacity to hold heat, resist corrosion, or operate within a required temperature range.
These laboratories improve heat transfer and storage materials and components, leading to lower-cost energy from concentrating solar power plants.
Optical Characterization Laboratory Video
Mirrors collect and focus sunlight, producing high-temperature thermal energy which is used to generate electricity. The Optical Characterization Laboratory researches key qualities of these mirrors for use with power towers, parabolic troughs, and other types of concentrating solar power plants.
This lab supports the development of mirror materials and designs that improve performance, durability, and optical efficiency. These improvements can significantly reduce the overall cost of concentrating solar power systems, and are critical to their success.
Manufacturing Laboratory, Fuel Cell Development and Test Laboratory, and Energy Systems Fabrication Laboratory Video Text Version
Fuel cells cleanly and efficiently convert hydrogen into electricity through an electrochemical process. Fuel cells offer promise in a wide range of applications including vehicles and stationary power. All of the fuel labs work together to create better fuel cells and hydrogen-related technologies from the ground up — leading to greater integration of renewable electricity and sustainable transportation.
The Manufacturing Laboratory develops rapid and non-destructive quality-control techniques to help manufacturer's scale-up production while maintaining quality.
The Fuel Cell Development and Test Laboratory focuses on the performance and durability of single fuel cells and fuel cell stacks.
The Energy Systems Fabrication Laboratory synthesizes advanced catalysts and polymer electrolytes, and fabricates fuel cell components from these materials.
Materials Characterization Laboratory, Electrochemical Characterization Laboratory, and Energy Systems Sensor Laboratory Video
The Materials Characterization and Electrochemical Characterization Laboratories use advanced diagnostics tools for material characterization on fuel cell materials.
The Energy Systems Sensor Laboratory conducts testing on sensors that detect hydrogen leaks, in addition to other components.
Currently, the labs are focused on fuels cells; however, many of the fabrication and characterization capabilities apply to other energy storage devices, such as batteries.
High Performance Computing Data Center Visualization Video
Highly-advanced computing generates too much data to analyze using traditional methods. Seeing information through simulations drives leading research.
That is why the High Performance Computing Data Center is critical for understanding energy systems integration. Computing at the petaflop scale makes it possible to research through visualization and modeling. This can save years of research time, and lowers the risk and cost of early field testing. For example, we can simulate a complete wind farm with all the parameters of an actual location.
This data center is enabling new science and advancing research by providing a deeper understanding of material structures and relationships.