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This is the text version for the video High-Performance Computing Unlocks Innovation at NREL.

NREL researchers can step into the wakes created by wind turbines and learn how to better design large wind farms.

This 3D visualization shows the microscopic intermingling of materials in an organic photovoltaic cell.

It helps researchers explore this material’s potential for generating solar power.

From atmospheric to microscopic scales, data visualizations and large-scale modeling provide insights and test new ideas.

But this type of renewable energy research requires A LOT of computing power.

Meet Peregrine—NREL’s supercomputer.

It’s powered by 58,752 high-end processors, enabling a peak performance of 2.24 petaflops.

It can do the work of nearly 30,000 laptops.

Thanks to a warm water, liquid-cooling system, it’s housed in the most energy-efficient data center in the world.

NREL and Hewlett-Packard won an R&D 100 award—the Oscar of innovation—for this design.

It’s all part of the National Renewable Energy Lab, here in Golden, Colorado.

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