The editors of R&D Magazine have named the Energy Department's Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) as the 2014 Laboratory of the Year. Located on the campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., research at ESIF transforms how the nation generates, delivers and uses energy by modernizing the interplay between energy sources, infrastructure, and data.
ESIF received this prestigious international award for being a first-of-its-kind research user facility that uniquely merges three very specialized components: an ultra-energy efficient workplace that consumes 74% less energy than the national average for office buildings, one of the world's most energy efficient high performance computing data centers, and sophisticated high-bay laboratory spaces with outdoor test areas. All of the labs in the 182,500-square-foot building are connected by a research electrical distribution bus (REDB), which functions as a power integration circuit capable of connecting multiple sources of energy with experiments.
"With ESIF, DOE is able to leverage even stronger partnerships with manufacturers and utilities to help integrate renewable energy into a smarter, more resilient energy system," DOE Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Danielson said.
Only in its first year of operation, strides are being made at ESIF to advance clean energy technologies and grid integration. NREL and its partners are using state-of-the-art capabilities to develop advanced PV inverter technology, high performance computer (HPC) cooling systems, microgrid controls, plug-in electric vehicles, and hybrid power systems.
"We've known that industry was eager for a place like ESIF, which allows utility companies and investors to see technology working in real time and on a large scale," NREL Director Dan Arvizu said. "ESIF continues to demonstrate the importance of partnerships among the national labs, indus
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