Water Research Facilities
NREL advances water power technologies by leveraging its vast experience in cross-functional, integrated renewable energy research and development, along with established validation and optimization capabilities and facilities.
Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems (ARIES) is a research platform that can match the complexity of the modern energy system and conduct integrated research to support the development of groundbreaking new energy technologies.
The controllable grid interface allows manufacturers and system operators to assess system responses to a range of grid conditions and conduct certification evaluations in a controlled environment. The simulator is fully integrated with two dynamometers and able to extend that integration to renewable energy devices in the field.
NREL's dynamometers can evaluate power take-off systems for wave and water power components and subsystems—including generators, gearboxes, mechanical or electro-dynamic brakes, power electronics, control systems, and software.
NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility provides a contained and controlled platform on which our partners can identify and resolve the technical, operational, and financial risks of integrating emerging energy technologies into today's environment.
Three structural validation laboratories support the characterization and analysis of marine energy devices and components needed to simulate and optimize operational performance of designs from concept to production.
NREL's Flatirons Campus offers two ocean-simulation tools that can help validate small- to large-scale offshore technology, including marine energy devices and offshore wind turbines and solar panels: a wave tank and an ocean motion platform.