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Fixed Equipment in the Energy Systems Integration Facility

The Energy Systems Integration Facility hosts an array of fixed equipment to support component and system testing, including grid simulators, load banks, photovoltaic (PV) simulators, DC power supplies, real-time digital simulators, and other hardware required for dynamic simulation of future energy systems.

Photo of a robot used to test hydrogen coupling hardware.

At the Energy Systems Integration Facility, researchers have access to a variety of equipment to support energy systems testing and analysis.

  • 13.2-kV to 480-V Y-Y transformer 1000 kVA
  • Grid simulators in sizes from 15 kVA up to 1080 kVA
  • RLC load banks up to 1.5 MW
  • PV simulators up to 1.5 MW
  • Bidirectional DC power supplies up to 660 kW
  • Utility reclosers
  • Residential transformers
  • Real-time digital simulators (OPAL-RT and RTDS)
  • A large walk-in thermal cycling chamber (-65°C to 85°C with humidity control) for testing power electronics and similar devices under climate-specific conditions
  • A large drive-in environmental chamber (-40°C to 140°C with humidity control) for testing commercial-size hybrid, electric, biofuel, compressed natural gas, and hydrogen vehicles
  • Two large insulated test chambers (rated up to 60°C) for testing HVAC systems under simulated loading conditions
  • Two bench-top environmental chambers (-20°C to 180°C with humidity control) for testing smaller devices
  • A 750,000-Btu-hour research boiler
  • A 100-ton research chiller
  • Systems that enable precise measurement of concentrating solar mirror surface slope and collector performance
  • Test stand for measuring performance of receiver tubes for concentrating solar power applications
  • Two fuel cell stack test stations that provide short-stack and full-stack (up to 30 cells) testing capability
  • Multiple single-cell fuel cell testing stations
  • Electrolyzer stack test bed
  • Hydrogen dispensing station, 700-bar
  • Analytical instrumentation for materials and products characterization, evolved gas analysis, thermogravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, gas chromatography mass spectrometry, infrared imaging, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, and Fourier transform infrared spectrometry
  • A continuous roll-to-roll processing line suitable for 6-in. to 18-in. webs
  • Calibration equipment in accordance with or exceeding U.S. Federal Communications Commission standards.