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Grid Facilities

NREL's state-of-the-art research facilities provide the venue for groundbreaking innovations and collaboration in grid research.

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Energy Systems Integration Facility

The Energy Systems Integration Facility is the nation's premier user facility for research, development, and demonstration of the components and strategies needed to optimize our entire energy system.

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Grid Integration Facilities at Flatirons Campus

Located in Arvada, Colorado, NREL's Flatirons Campus offers similar integration capabilities to the Energy Systems Integration Facility but at a larger (up to 20 MW) scale. Hardware here, such as wind turbines, battery energy storage systems, and solar arrays, can be connected virtually to the Energy System Integration Facility's software modeling and power hardware-in-the-loop capabilities.