Energy Systems Integration Facility News

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Nov. 3, 2022

Q&A With Maurice Martin: Advancing Cybersecurity on the Front Lines of the Modern Grid

Securing the grid from cyberattacks is increasingly important as systems become more distributed, digital, and interdependent. Thanks to serendipitous events in his career, Maurice Martin was able to board the cybersecurity train right as it was taking off.

Sept. 29, 2022

Microgrids For Anyone

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has now published a description of the improvised controls that saved NREL during its own outage, which could make microgrids easy and low cost where they are needed most.

Sept. 29, 2022

The New Grids on the Block

NREL's validation capabilities range from lab to field, watt to megawatt, component to system, and nanogrid to microgrid.

Sept. 2, 2022

Q&A With Danish Saleem: Campaigning for Common Ground in Cybersecurity

Danish Saleem is a senior cybersecurity researcher who supports multiple efforts to develop novel cyber-technology solutions, advance next-generation networking concepts, and standardize the cybersecurity requirements for systems of renewable energy technologies through consensus building.

Aug. 2, 2022

New Cybersecurity Tool Simplifies Site Evaluations

As federal sites invest in distributed energy resources like solar panels and battery backups, investments in cybersecurity must also be considered. More energy resources create more complexity to manage—introducing the potential of new cyber vulnerabilities and added costs down the road.

July 29, 2022

Industry Partners Selected for Advanced Grid Management Demonstrations at NREL

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected industry leaders Shell, Spirae LLC, Electrical Grid Monitoring Inc., and Israel Electric Corporation to partner with NREL on power distribution system management and controls.

July 28, 2022

Calling on Cybersecurity Innovators: Help Utilities Improve Authentication for Distributed Energy Systems

Utilities need cybersecurity solutions that are easy to implement and can make a real-world difference immediately. That is why the theme for the first cohort of the new Clean Energy Cybersecurity Accelerator (CECA) is strong authentication for distributed energy resources.

July 20, 2022

Federal Aviation Administration Partners With NREL for a Holistic Look at Energy Needs of Electrified Aircraft

With integrated analysis from NREL, the FAA can create safety standards and recommend efficient and resilient airport infrastructure able to support electrified aircraft designs.

July 18, 2022

Reframing Curtailment: Why Too Much of a Good Thing Is Still a Good Thing

Video explains how having more than enough renewable energy capacity can make the grid more flexible.

July 15, 2022

NREL Addresses Energy Challenges for Sustainable Aviation

From sustainable fuels to airport infrastructure analysis to next-gen aircraft, NREL offers solutions for lowering emissions in a sector that is among the most difficult to decarbonize.

June 14, 2022

Introducing the 2022 Electricity Annual Technology Baseline

Here's What You Need to Know About This Year's Annual Technology Baseline, Including Distributed Wind and Pumped Storage Hydropower Supply Curve Data for the First Time

June 2, 2022

Q&A With Jordan Burns: A Community-Driven Approach to Energy Resilience

Jordan Burns is a risk and resilience researcher helping communities reach their energy goals through the DOE's Energy Transitions Initiative. She uses a community-driven approach to understand placed-based resilience solutions that can be incorporated into local strategic clean energy plans.

June 2, 2022

Jerry Davis Named Laboratory Program Manager for ARIES Research Platform and Energy Systems Integration Facility

Jerry Davis has been selected as the new Laboratory Program Manager for two of NREL's leading research capabilities: the Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems (ARIES) research platform and the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF).

June 2, 2022

How Not To Short-Circuit the Clean Energy Transition

A new video and report explain why fault protection should be on grid planners' radar as the power system continues to evolve.

May 26, 2022

Connecting the Country: Are Quick, Electrified Flights From Local Airports Possible?

Trick question: What is your nearest airport? You might think of the urban hub you always catch flights from, even if that airport is hours away.

May 25, 2022

NREL Pledge Curbs Emissions as Part of Larger DOE Initiative

Martin Keller, director of NREL, said he expects the Flatirons Campus near Boulder, Colorado, will reach net zero emissions annually by the end of fiscal year 2023 and the South Table Mountain Campus outside Golden, Colorado, to hit that achievement three years later.

May 18, 2022

Autonomous Energy Systems Expand Into Real-World Applications

NREL's Autonomous Energy Systems work has been used commercially, applied in cross-cutting demonstrations, and is continually pushing the scientific edge of controls and optimization.

May 2, 2022

The Building Blocks of Power Sector Security for Utilities Across the Globe

To help electric utilities better understand what a full cybersecurity program looks like, NREL partnered with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in support of the Resilient Energy Platform, providing assistance to a variety of stakeholders to improve security for the electrical grid.

April 29, 2022

Electric Vehicle Manufacturers Mobilize Behind Charging Cybersecurity at NREL

In early April, members of the electric vehicle industry gathered at NREL to evaluate enhanced cybersecurity for the connections between electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.

April 29, 2022

NREL's Cyber Range Offers Eagle-Eye View of Federal Energy Asset Security

To help federal energy managers assess, monitor, and manage cybersecurity, NREL's Distributed Energy Resource Cybersecurity Framework (DER-CF) offers a comprehensive, web-based assessment tool focusing on cyber governance or policies, technical management, and physical security.

April 29, 2022

Building Trust in AI To Ensure Equitable Solutions

Researchers at NREL are leading research to address bias in artificial intelligence and machine learning for clean energy innovation.

April 28, 2022

NREL Builds Out National Capability To De-Risk Big Changes in Grid Infrastructure

As the electrical grid makes a historic transition to renewable and distributed energy, even its organizing principles are in flux.

April 1, 2022

The Year in Review

The recently released 2021 annual reports for the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), the Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems (ARIES) research platform, and Advanced Computing offer a snapshot of the impact of NREL research: highlights from the diverse projects, publications, patents, partnerships, and technical breakthroughs realized in the last year.

March 30, 2022

Q&A With Robin Burton: Stakeholder Engagement and Energy Justice in the Puerto Rico 100 Study

Robin Burton is the co-PI of the Puerto Rico Grid Resilience and Transitions to 100% Renewable Energy Study (PR100). The stakeholder-driven project will generate multiple pathways for Puerto Rico to meet its commitment to 100% renewable electricity by 2050.

March 23, 2022

DOE Launches Study To Consider Equitable Pathways To Power Puerto Rico With 100% Renewable Energy

An analysis led by NREL is now underway to supply Puerto Rico with options for achieving a renewable, reliable, and equitable electric power system.

March 14, 2022

Collaboration With UL Supports Development of New Requirements for Cybersecurity and Modern Energy Systems

In collaboration with UL, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is developing an Outline of Investigation for a cybersecurity certification standard for distributed energy resources (DERs) and inverter-based resource (IBR) devices.

Feb. 10, 2022

NREL and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Demonstrate Multi-Lab Capabilities in Live Demonstration

We can currently link models and simulations across the national laboratory complex, but imagine connecting these models with equipment, devices, and scientists so they can work together as if side by side instead of thousands of miles apart.

Feb. 2, 2022

Q&A With Jordan Cox: Expect the Unexpected With Resilient Systems

Planning for an unexpected event is a significant challenge, but it is one that NREL's researchers in the Resilient Systems Design and Engineering Group within the Energy Security and Resilience Center are working to address. NREL researcher Jordan Cox describes NREL's innovative approach to analyzing system vulnerabilities, measuring risk, and keeping communities safe.

Jan. 25, 2022

Joint Workforce Development Initiative To Advance Leadership Opportunities for Women in Power System Operations

Women in Power System Transformation initiative seeks to increase women’s representation and leadership in global transition to clean energy through targeted academic and workforce training.

Jan. 14, 2022

Landmark Demonstration Shows How Common Wind Turbine Can Provide Fundamental Grid Stability

NREL uses advanced grid research environment for first-ever example of type-3 turbines using grid-forming controls.

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