NREL's Strategic Partnership Highlights for 2019 (Text Version)
This is the text version of a video highlighting some of NREL's strategic partnerships in 2019. Learn about recent NREL partners and how, together, they are tackling today’s most pressing energy challenges.
Text on screen: Energy Innovation Trends. NREL Partner Forum 2019
Video opens with a shot zooming toward buildings on the NREL campus, set at the base of South Table Mountain in Golden, Colorado.
Text on screen: Partner: Siemens. Grid-Edge Control Leads to Greater Reliability
Video cuts to a shot level with the rotor of a spinning wind turbine. Mountains and more wind turbines are in the background.
Text on screen: Problem: Legacy grid systems are not well-equipped to add renewables.
Video cuts to computer monitors showing several different grid monitoring systems, including weather conditions, safety, and security camera feeds.
Text on screen: Solution: A microgrid management system that integrates old and new systems.
Video cuts to an aerial view of a large field of solar panels with a control tower in the center.
Text on screen: Outcome: Innovative grid-edge controls create new opportunities for renewables on the grid and greater reliability.
Video cuts to spinning wind turbines on a bluff overlooking the ocean.
Text on screen: Partner: Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Eagle Supercomputer Efficiently Triples Computing Capabilities
Video cuts to two women standing in a lab, monitoring instruments and data on large computer screens.
Text on screen: Problem: Demand is growing for supercomputing resources to accelerate energy research.
Video cuts to high-speed shot of workers assembling the components of the Eagle computer system in a large warehouse-type room.
Text on screen: Solution: Eagle brings a 3X boost in computing capability with an ultra-efficient liquid-cooled design that captures waste heat for reuse in the building.
Mark Potter, Chief Technology Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, appears on screen.
Mark Potter: This collaboration and the value is about us thinking big together, bringing technologies and ideas together, and experimenting and actually achieving big results.
Video cuts to high-speed shot of workers assembling the components of the Eagle computer system in a large warehouse-type room.
Video cuts the room where the Eagle computer is fully installed.
Text on screen: Outcome: Revolutionary thinking leads to new architectures, powers the next wave of supercomputing, and improves data center efficiency.
Text on screen: Partner: Department of Defense. Big BESS Saves Army Millions and Demonstrates Energy Storage Solution for Top Consumers
Video cuts to a military helicopter taking flight.
Text on screen: Problem: High energy peaks significantly contribute to high energy costs at Fort Carson.
Video cuts to a battery energy storage facility.
Text on screen: Solution: Battery energy storage system (BESS) charges at night and uses the stored energy during high-cost, peak demand times.
Video cuts to a man and a woman walking between buildings at a battery energy storage facility.
Col. Brian K. Wortinger: Well the best thing about NREL is they're the experts.
Col. Brian K. Wortinger, Garrison Commander, U.S. Army – Fort Carson, appears on screen.
Col. Wortinger: There are a lot of things we do very well here at Fort Carson, and I have a great team that helps me with energy but when we really wanted the experts to help us figure out how to solve our problems, we turn to NREL.
Video cuts to a man and a woman having a discussion at the battery energy storage facility.
Text on screen: Outcome: $500,000 annual reduction in demand charges through onsite energy storage, which can contribute to energy resilience.
Text on screen: Partner: Wells Fargo. Building Bridges for Energy Start-Ups
Video cuts to a woman holding an electronic device with wires and circuits. The hand of another person who is offscreen is reaching for the device.
Video cuts to a man holding piece of machinery and discussing it in front of three NREL posters.
Text on screen: Problem: Development "valley of death" for energy startups.
Video cuts to a man describing small items on a table.
Text on screen: Solution: The Wells Fargo and NREL Innovation Incubator (IN2) fills gaps and smooths the path to market with funding, facilities, and research.
Video cuts to a man in front of a window, holding up a small sample window and describing it.
Text on screen: Outcome: Accelerating and de-risking new energy technologies to deliver immediate impact.
Text on screen: Partner: First Solar. PV Provides Grid-Friendly Controls to Improve Grid Stability
Video cuts to a large-scale solar photovoltaic installation.
Text on screen: Problem: Advanced controls are needed for grid stability and reliability.
Video cuts to a man and a woman working on a solar panel assembly line.
Text on screen: Solution: Test the ability of PV power plants to provide essential grid services.
Video cuts to a woman working in a PV manufacturing plant
Text on screen: Outcome: Better understanding of how PV can improve grid stability.
Video cuts to an aerial view of a large-scale solar photovoltaic installation.
Text on screen: Partner: Eaton. A Framework to Optimize Electric Fleets and Grid Services
Video cuts to a school bus.
Text on screen: Problem: Electric vehicle fleets offer untapped opportunities to optimize distributed energy resource technologies.
Video cuts to two women discussing something on a computer monitor in a lab.
Text on screen: Solution: Discover opportunities to integrate mobility, storage, buildings, and PV technologies.
Video cuts to over-the-shoulder view of the monitor, which shows mockups of parking structures with vehicle charging.
Igor Stamenkovic, Director of Global Technology, Eaton, appears on screen.
Igor Stamenkovic: You can never have enough smart people. You can never have enough diversity and different perspectives within one organization.
Video cuts to a man discussing writing on a whiteboard with two other people.
Igor Stamenkovic: It's paramount to have large amount of ideation pool…
Video cuts to a closeup of writing on a whiteboard.
Igor Stamenkovic: …in order to really then focus on taking the best ideas and commercializing.
Video cuts to three people discussing machinery.
Text on screen: Outcome: EV fleet management platform provides new insights into optimizing and integrating vehicle fleets with other DER technologies.
Text on screen: Partner: USAID. Clean, Reliable, and Affordable Power in the Developing World
Video cuts to single-story buildings on a cobble-stone street in a developing country.
Text on screen: Problem: Developing countries face unique challenges to scaling up advanced energy systems.
Video cuts to seven people meeting around a table in a conference room.
Text on screen: Solution: NREL and partner countries work together on grid modernization, power sector resilience, and renewable energy integration solutions.
Video cuts to a close-up of a mass of electrical wires over a busy intersection.
Text on screen: Outcome: Country partners achieve growth, sustainability, and economic development goals through clean energy deployment.
Video cuts to a close-up of cars, motorbikes, and bicyclists in heavy traffic.
Text on screen: Partner: Shell. GCxN Changes the Game for Energy Storage and Smart Grid Startups
Video cuts to two men in a lab standing in front of a computer. A monitor with data on it is in the foreground.
Text on screen: Problem: Energy startups lack the funding and technical expertise to bring ideas to market.
Video cuts to a line of electric vehicles charging in front of industrial buildings.
Text on screen: Solution: Pair early-stage companies with technical resources, expertise, facilities, and funding.
Ajay Mehta, Global Manager New Energies Research & Technology at Shell, appears on screen.
Ajay Mehta: I think the most exciting thing about this opportunity is around the fact that there is such a meeting of the minds here. You can sense the electricity between scientists when they actually spend time in a room together because they don't have to kind of explain where are they coming from. There's almost an underlying understanding of the problem statement and so that's something that does not often happen.
Video cuts to two men in hardhats, standing in front of a wind turbine and discussing something on a laptop computer.
Text on screen: Outcome: Market-facing solutions to enable the grid of the future.
Text on screen: Partner: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). Charting Paths to 100%
Video cuts to nighttime aerial view of Los Angeles, with traffic moving at a high speed in the foreground.
Text on screen: Problem: Determine investments needed to achieve Los Angeles' goal of 100% renewable energy.
Video cuts to view of mountains and forested residential area, with power line towers cutting a path through the middle.
Text on screen: Solution: Through the LA100 study, NREL provides data, analytics, and expertise to equip decisionmakers in assessing and achieving the target.
Lauren Faber O'Connor, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Los Angeles, appears on screen.
Lauren Faber O'Connor: What excites me the most about the 100% renewable energy study that we're partnering with NREL on is its unprecedented nature. We in LA, we like to take on big challenges. We don't shy away from big challenges and neither does NREL.
Video cuts to daytime view of Los Angeles, with palm trees in the foreground.
Text on screen: Outcome: Cutting-edge insights will help Los Angeles chart its path forward.
Text on screen: Partner: ExxonMobil. Investing in Advanced Energy Technologies for Reduced Global Emissions
Video cuts to a man and a woman in lab coats and safety glasses discussing information on a computer monitor.
Text on screen: Problem: Diverse perspectives are needed for transformative advanced energy technologies that reduce emissions.
Video cuts to a man in a lab coat working with fuels and instruments in a laboratory.
Text on screen: Solution: Move efficient and low-emission technologies beyond the laboratory.
Video cuts to a man standing in a dark room wearing 3-D glasses and viewing a large visualization on a screen.
Text on screen: Outcome: Advancing fundamental science to develop breakthrough solutions on a global scale.
Text on screen: Partner: SoCalGas. Energy Storage with Power-to-Gas Technology
Video cuts to a man and a woman in hardhats, looking at a laptop computer next to a large solar panel.
Text on screen: Problem: Utilities need innovative and economical ways to store excess electricity.
Video cuts to overhead shot of industrial piping at a utility.
Text on screen: Solution: Develop technologies that can use existing investments to store excess renewable energy.
Video cuts to a man in a hardhat and safety harness, climbing a ladder up scaffolding at a utility.
Text on screen: Outcome: Enabling utilities to use existing infrastructure to store and deliver clean, renewable energy on demand.
Video cuts to a mass of power lines, with a wind turbine and transformers in the background.
Video cuts to power lines and towers with a starry sky in the background.
Text on screen: Partner: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Modeling Efficient Solutions for Airport Mobility
Video cuts to a high-speed shot of an airplane parked at a gate and various cargo and service vehicles driving to and from the plane.
Text on screen: Problem: DFW Airport needs efficient, economical solutions for mobility and freight.
Video cuts to blurred high-speed shot of the inside of an airport at floor level, with people walking by pulling luggage.
Text on screen: Solution: Optimize time, cost, and energy use of DFW's passenger and freight transportation.
Robert Horton, Vice President, Environmental Affairs & Sustainability, DFW, appears on screen.
Robert Horton: The wealth of supercomputing resources allows us to simulate these complex environments in a virtual setting and run millions of scenarios to find the best approach to develop.
Video cuts to daytime view of Dallas-Fort Worth buildings and traffic.
Robert Horton: That way you save money…
Video cuts to high-speed shot of traffic driving in and out of the DFW airport at dusk.
Robert Horton: …and you make the right investments upfront.
Video cuts to a shot of a plane landing.
Text on screen: Outcome: Making travel more efficient and affordable at one of the busiest airports in the world.
Text on screen: Partner: Toyota. Preparing the Grid for More Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles
Video cuts to power lines and towers, with clouds moving behind them at high speed.
Text on screen: Problem: How will more PHEV's affect power quality on the grid?
Video cuts to a car with "Zero Emission" written on the side, driving on a residential street.
Text on screen: Solution: Strategies to monitor, control distribution, and understand the effect of PHEVs on the grid.
Video cuts to a close up of a person's hand plugging a charger into an electric vehicle.
Text on screen: Outcome: Managing additional load will ensure grid stability and reliability.
Video cuts to nighttime shot of power lines and towers reflecting on a lake.
Text on screen: Xcel Energy. Hydrogen Maximizes the Value of Renewable Energy Generation
Video cuts to three men standing around a table and looking at data on three large computer monitors.
Text on screen: Problem: Increasing the value of renewably produced hydrogen.
Video cuts to closeup of data on one of the monitors, with one of the man's hands pointing out different areas.
Text on screen: Solution: Convert curtailed wind energy to hydrogen, store it, and use it in the most valuable energy pathways.
Video cuts to a view of wind turbines on either side of the road, taken through the front window of a vehicle driving past.
Video cuts to a man in a hardhat walking through an industrial area with large gas tanks.
Text on screen: Outcome: Long-term energy storage while increasing the value of wind generation investments.
Text on screen: Thank you to all of our strategic partners. Together we are tackling today's most pressing energy challenges.