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 (LPM) for two of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL's) leading research capabilities: the Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems (ARIES) research platform and the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF).
"In this role, Jerry will join the ARIES and ESIF leadership teams in stewarding these two critical research assets, building collaboration opportunities with partners and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and expanding capabilities," said Energy Systems Integration Associate Laboratory Director Juan Torres.
The Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems research platform is the United States' most powerful research capability to support the transition to a clean energy future. The platform unites research assets, including high-performance computing, at the Energy Systems Integration Facility with larger-scale (20+ MW) research assets at NREL's Flatirons Campus.
"A dedicated LPM will steward the development of ARIES, while building on what we've learned from ESIF, with its strong research foundation and record of success," Davis said. "I am excited for ARIES to take that research to an exponential level, particularly developing emulations at the scale of millions of devices."
In his 12 years at NREL, Davis has worked with a varied array of technologies and partners. He brings considerable experience as a liaison with national agencies, serving as the LPM for the Federal Energy Management Program and most recently as the partnership manager for NREL's Defense Sector work. NREL supports energy transformation at U.S. defense installations and NASA centers by consulting on strategies to optimize microgrids, cybersecurity of distributed energy resources, resilience assessments, and other tools for energy security and efficiency. In this role, Davis stayed active in laboratory-wide programming to identify existing and emerging research to address clients' technical needs.
"I bring my experience of listening to different perspectives and connecting people and groups that may not be used to working together to achieve great things. That is the goal of ARIES and something that I'm looking forward to supporting," Davis said.
To learn more about Davis's background, read an interview from 2020 where he discusses "Cutting-Edge Research, Local Microgrids for the U.S. Military, and 100-Mile Ultramarathons."
The best way to get to know the current activities and capabilities of these two resources is in the FY21 annual reports: