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User Access

The ESIF houses an unparalleled collection of state-of-the-art capabilities to study clean energy technologies at all scales—from developing and validating individual appliances or components to running megawatt-sized grid simulations.

the Energy Systems Integration Facility

Designated as an official U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) user facility, the scientific capabilities—researchers, instruments and facilities—are available for use by the global research community. Through its user access program, the ESIF allows researchers access to its premier laboratories in support of research and development that aims to optimize our entire energy system at full power.

Requests for access to the ESIF are accepted on an ongoing basis, depending on availability. Various types of solicitations for proposals are also posted throughout the year. See below for current opportunities and instructions to request access to the ESIF. 

Call for High-Impact Integrated Projects

The ESIF is now accepting applications for high-impact integrated projects that will enhance innovation in the private sector and develop scalable technologies. Qualifying projects must satisfy the goals of the DOE Grid Modernization Initiative, which aims to develop the concepts, tools, and technologies needed to measure, analyze, predict, protect, and control the grid of the future. Learn more.

Additional Information

Non-NREL parties wishing to work onsite at the ESIF must adhere to all onboarding and training requirements to access the laboratory. Learn more about NREL's site security procedures.

For more information on partnering agreements, please view NREL's Technology Partnership Agreements page.

Please direct questions to userprogram.esif@nrel.gov.