SuperLab 2.0: The Future of Energy Experimentation at NREL (Text Version)

This is the text version of the video SuperLab 2.0: The Future of Energy Experimentation at NREL. 

This video explains how researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), using ARIES capabilities, are providing secure and synchronous data exchange between U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories—and working toward another leap in scale.

Text on screen: 10,000 Interconnected Devices. Stepping into the future of energy experimentation.

Narrator: “With ARIES capabilities at NREL, including the Controllable Grid Interface, Digital Real-Time Simulator, and renewables, ESnet’s OSCARS service provides secure and synchronous data exchange. Then, larger experiments would become possible in the new SuperLab 2.0.”

Footage and photos of wind turbines, solar panels, and grid infrastructure. A map of the world appears in the background with a brand element (a circle and text) for the Global Real-Time SuperLab 2.0.

Narrator: “NREL and its lab partners are eyeing another leap in scale in Fiscal Year 2023.”

Arial footage of NREL’s South Table Mountain campus.

Narrator: “We are targeting a demonstration of 10,000 interconnected devices between DOE national labs.”

Text on screen: 10,000 Interconnected Devices

Image of the United States, with state boundaries visible, then dots to indicate cities. Text labels identify several DOE national laboratories.

Narrator: “Which would open the door to a fully interconnected lab complex starting that year.”

Lines are drawn to and from the labs to indicate connectedness.

Narrator: “This infrastructure could model millions of interconnected devices.”

Hundreds of dots—large and small—appear to indicate thousands of connections.

Narrator: “This achievement would supercharge research opportunities.”

Image of the brand element for the Global Real-Time SuperLab 2.0.

Narrator: “Hurricanes, winter storms, wildfires. The effects of these events can be modeled, and the complexity of the experiments that could be supported would allow for national and regional analysis.”

Footage of extreme weather events. A map of the world appears, with cities indicated by brightly colored dots and connectivity shown as numerous moving lines crossing continents and oceans in all directions. Footage of scientific data and researchers working at a large wall monitor.

Narrator: “This would allow for energy system research that leverages the unique assets and expertise at multiple labs to evaluate scenarios that reflect the complexity of the modern and evolving energy grid and take into account the challenges facing today’s grid.”

U.S. map with several DOE national laboratories. Icons appear near labs, indicating each lab’s expertise.

Narrator: “Even better, it is a highly resource-efficient approach. Tapping into the vast research assets that exist across the lab complex avoids the need to purchase duplicate equipment.”

Footage of researchers in front of large monitors. Arial footage of a wind power plant at NREL’s Flatirons Campus.

Narrator: “It also allows for experts in different energy technologies to manage and control the assets they know best.”

Footage of researchers working in labs.

Narrator: “Creating a network of research assets and technology experts unrivaled anywhere in the world. To meet the nation’s energy challenges head on. And drive the urgent transition to a clean energy future.”

Footage of multiple lab scenarios, including data projected on computer monitors, charging stations for electric vehicles, building animations, rooftop solar panels, wind turbines, and two people in a field of wind turbines.

Text on screen:  NREL logo, ARIES, brand element for Global Real-Time SuperLab 2.0.