Read about the impacts of NREL's innovations in computational science.
NREL's scientific and high-performance computing innovations have been recognized
by the scientific community.
NREL’s high-performance computing data center is often called the most energy efficient
in the world—but the lab is interested in water efficiency, too. So in 2016, NREL
partnered with Sandia National Labs and Johnson Controls to install a thermosyphon
hybrid cooling system that has successfully cut onsite water use in half without impacting
energy efficiency. The team received a 2018 U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy
and Water Management Award for the project.
NREL won the 2014 R&D 100 Award and R&D Magazine Editor's Choice Award in collaboration
with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise 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.
Read about high-impact projects powered by NREL's computational science capabilities.
In The News
Read highlighted press coverage of NREL's computational science achievements.
NREL ‘Eagle’ Supercomputer to Advance Energy Tech R&D, HPCwire
Radio Free HPC Looks at NREL’s new Eagle Supercomputer, InsideHPC
New Open-Access Materials Database Could Save Research Time, Spur Material Science
Advances, The American Ceramic Society
NREL Opens Large Database of Inorganic Thin-Film Materials, Solar Magazine
HPE and NREL Take Steps to Create a Sustainable, Energy-Efficient Data Center with
an H2 Fuel Cell, Hewlett Packard Enterprise blog
NREL and Partners Highlight Collaboration and Explore Future During Partner Week, NREL news feature story highlighting the lab's partnership with Hewlett Packard
17 Labs in 17 Minutes, U.S. Department of Energy Direct Current podcast featuring NREL Computational Science
Center Director 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
NREL's computational science experts are partnering with industry at the ESIF to tackle
critical energy challenges using high-performance computing and visualization.