NREL's Insight Center at the Energy Systems Integration Facility combines state-of-the-art visualization and collaboration tools to promote knowledge discovery for energy systems. The Insight Center comprises two spaces: the Visualization Room and the Collaboration Room.
The Visualization Room complements the collaboration room, providing meeting space that features a large, rear-projected, 14-megapixel image display. Large-scale, high-resolution two-dimensional visual imagery can be used to effectively convey information and illustrate research findings to stakeholders and visitors. The Visualization Room also boosts the exchange of ideas among NREL researchers and their collaborating partners. Using the display, researchers and others now have the visual real estate to lay out significant amounts of data to analyze large-scale simulations, ensembles of simulations, and highly detailed visual analytics.
Next to the Visualization Room, the Collaboration Room provides multiple workspaces in which researchers and partners from all disciplines of science and engineering can interactively visualize highly complex, large-scale data, systems, and operations in real time. Simulation data may span from the atomistic scale of new materials to the atmospheric boundary scales used in multi-turbine array simulations. Observational data span from the nanostructures of biomass pretreatments to the complexity of the North American electrical power grid. The Collaboration Room utilizes a variety of immersive three-dimensional visualization and interaction technologies that bring these scientific data to the human scale.