NREL advances critical science and technology through innovative research and development to improve the nation's electrical grid infrastructure, making it more flexible, reliable, resilient, secure, and sustainable.

A substation at NREL's Flatirons Campus used for grid integration research.

NREL Builds Out National Capability To Derisk Big Changes in Grid Infrastructure

The power electronic grid interface platform will move power grid innovations rapidly from prototype to the field

Aerial view of PV arrays and wind turbines at NREL's Flatirons Campus

Renewable energy now accounts for more than 20% of U.S. annual energy production. NREL is developing a range of solutions to support its continued growth.

NREL's ADMS testbed connects utilities to modern controls

Our next-generation control capabilities help utilities provide their customers with reliable, renewable, secure, and resilient power.

NREL grid research is led by the Power Systems Engineering Center under the direction of Ben Kroposki and the Grid Planning and Analysis Center under the direction of Jaquelin Cochran. These centers are part of the Energy Systems Integration directorate, led by Associate Laboratory Director Juan Torres. NREL's grid research is aligned with the U.S. Department of Energy's Grid Modernization Initiative as part of the Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium.