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Energy Systems Integration Facility News

June 7, 2019

NREL Hosting the12th Annual Beyond Lithium-Ion Symposium Focused on Transformational Advances in Energy Storage Technologies

Scientists and Engineers to Discuss Ways to Surpass Current State-of-the-Art for Transportation and Electrical Grid Applications

June 3, 2019

The Man Behind the Goggles: Meet NREL's Visualization Guru, Kenny Gruchalla

Gruchalla's experience working on an icebreaker helps him design, build NREL's visualization lab, show researchers their projects in new ways.

May 28, 2019

NREL Delivers Industry-Shifting Software for Visualizing Wind Power Forecasts

We need the ability to plan our power, whichever way the wind blows. This means that system operators need real-time information--easily navigable and visually coherent--to truly build an intuition around wind power. They now have access to such a tool with WindView, a tool for visualizing wind power forecasts, created by NREL, Argonne National Laboratory, and University of Texas-Dallas.

April 25, 2019

Q&A with Adarsh Nagarajan: Energy Storage as an Entity and Asset

Adarsh Nagarajan is the group manager for Power System Design and Planning at NREL. One of his specializations includes finding solutions and understanding grid integration challenges of various emerging technologies, such as solar, wind, and energy storage systems. We sat down with Nagarajan to learn more about the exciting new collaborations he's part of at NREL.

March 25, 2019

NREL Analysts Help Student Teams Battle Real-Time Cyberattacks, Gain Skills

When a series of cyberattacks surged through the Denver Tech Center, NREL Cybersecurity Analysts Joshua Rivera, Adarsh Hasandka, and Anuj Sanghvi could just watch--and wait. That's because they were volunteers at the eighth Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

March 21, 2019

NREL Federal Energy Management Program Team Directly Supports $13.7B of Federal Facility Energy Efficiency Improvements

A special NREL Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) procurement team is responsible for directly supporting almost $14 billion worth of upgrades to federal energy infrastructure projects using unique contracting and financing mechanisms, ensuring federal facilities received the energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades they needed.

March 6, 2019

REopt Lite Adds Custom Electricity Rates and an Integrated Critical Load Builder

Building owners and energy managers looking to evaluate renewable energy and storage economics for their site can use REopt™ Lite's custom utility rate tariff capabilities and an integrated critical load profile builder—new features that allow a more detailed energy analysis without leaving the tool.

Feb. 26, 2019

NREL Urban Planners Translate Energy Technology into Market Success through Local, State, Federal, and Tribal Governments

Urban planners have not historically dealt in energy issues, yet clean energy is a growing focus around the world and urban planners' role in energy transitions is evolving as demand increases.

Feb. 25, 2019

Q&A with Annabelle Pratt: Managing Energy at All Scales

Annabelle Pratt is a principal engineer for the Power Systems Engineering Center at NREL. Pratt specializes in microgrid and home energy management systems (HEMS), and her work has included the evaluation of microgrid controllers and advanced distribution management systems (ADMS). We sat down with Pratt to learn more about her work and the newest research in these areas.

Feb. 25, 2019

News Release: NREL Industry Growth Forum Announces 2019 Presenting Start-Ups

The 30 companies were selected after a competitive application and review process from more than 150 applicants.

Jan. 31, 2019

ESIF’s Year in Review: Download the 2018 Annual Report

Download the 2018 ESIF Annual Report to get highlights on the ESIF's greatest achievements from the year. In 2018, research at the ESIF adapted and aligned to address the challenges that are shaping the electric grid today and into the future—from new types of partnerships, to developments in autonomous energy systems research, to a greater focus on energy security and resilience.

Jan. 31, 2019

Q&A with Murali Baggu: Shaping the Future of Grid Modernization

Murali Baggu is the laboratory program manager (LPM) for grid integration at NREL. Through his work with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Electricity and Grid Modernization Initiative program, Baggu has been shaping the direction of power systems research at NREL. Baggu sat down with us to discuss his role at NREL and his work on various projects.

Jan. 24, 2019

NREL, Eaton Mark One Year as Partners on Innovative Energy Solutions

Seventeen Eaton employees are co-located at NREL under a cooperative agreement signed last January between the laboratory and the multinational power management company.

Jan. 8, 2019

NREL's New Supercomputer, Eagle, Takes Flight

Now in production use, the ultra-efficient Eagle high-performance computer will power scientific insights to accelerate our energy system transformation.

Jan. 8, 2019

New Substation Will Double Generating Capacity at National Wind Technology Center

This upgrade will enable megawatt-scale research that generates nearly twice that amount of power to occur at the same time--increasing opportunities for more grid-connected technologies, including solar panels, batteries, and additional wind turbines.

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