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Impacts

Read about the impacts of NREL's innovations in computational science.

Awards

NREL's scientific and high-performance computing innovations have been recognized by the scientific community.

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2014 R&D 100 Award and R&D Magazine Editor's Choice Award

NREL won the 2014 R&D 100 Award and R&D Magazine Editor's Choice Award in collaboration with Hewlett-Packard (HP) for the HP Apollo 8000 System, a supercomputer that is cooled with warm water. Implemented in the Peregrine supercomputer, this efficient design eliminates the need for expensive and energy-wasting chillers in the data center, while also allowing the waste energy from the computer to heat its host building, the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), during the winter. The energy-saving approach is a key reason that the ESIF was awarded LEED Platinum designation and named 2014 Laboratory of the Year by R&D 100 Magazine.

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Research Highlights

Read about high-impact projects powered by NREL's computational science capabilities.

Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study

Using NREL's high-performance computing capabilities and innovative visualization tools, researchers showed that the power grid of the Eastern United States—one of the largest power systems in the world—can accommodate upwards of 30% wind and solar/photovoltaic power.

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ExaWind

To reduce the cost of wind energy, we must be able to predict the complex flow physics in wind farms. But a fully blade-resolved model of a single wind turbine would require the full computing capability of today's fastest computers—detailed models of entire wind plants are beyond our current capabilities. Through the ExaWind project, NREL is working with partners to develop new simulation capabilities to improve our understanding of the performance of whole wind plants.

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In The News

Read highlighted press coverage of NREL's computational science achievements.

17 Labs in 17 Minutes, U.S. Department of Energy Direct Current podcast featuring Steve Hammond

Innovative Strategy Advances Renewable Energy Research, Creates World's Most Energy-Efficient Data Center, Scientific Computing

NREL Supercomputer Tackles Grid Challenges, Phys.org

New Ultra-Efficient HPC Data Center Debuts, Phys.org

Partnerships

NREL's computational science experts are partnering with industry at the ESIF to tackle critical energy challenges using high-performance computing and visualization.

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Abengoa

NREL researchers are working with Abengoa to develop a new and more cost-effective manufacturing process for critical components of concentrating solar power systems.

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Asetek

The ultra-energy-efficient Asetek RackCDU liquid cooling system was installed and tested at the ESIF's HPC data center. It's a first-of-its-kind, multi-award-winning innovation that saves the ESIF approximately $1 million per year in operating costs.

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Hewlett-Packard

NREL collaborated with HP to create Peregrine, an R&D 100 award-winning, ultra-efficient high-performance computer that uses warm water for cooling. The cooling process results in hot water coming from the supercomputer, which is captured and used for space heating.

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LiquidCool Solutions

NREL is working with LiquidCool Solutions to demonstrate and characterize the performance of a liquid-submerged technology for cooling computers and servers.

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Johnson Controls

NREL partnered with Sandia National Laboratories and Johnson Controls to install the company's BlueStream Hybrid Cooling System at the ESIF, saving hundreds of thousands of gallons of water for the facility since August 2016.

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