The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been selected as a new member of the non-profit Association of European Distributed Energy Resources Laboratories (DERlab). DERlab is an international association of laboratories and research institutions in the field of distributed energy resources equipment and systems.
NREL was selected for its work researching the integration of emerging energy technologies into new and existing electricity infrastructure. NREL is preparing to open its flagship research laboratory, the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), which will house research for overcoming barriers to adding renewable energy, energy efficiency, and advanced grid technologies to an existing energy infrastructure.
NREL joins a collaboration of 21 other labs around Europe and the U.S. that provide a platform for common research and knowledge transfer.
“DERlab is the preeminent organization for research and development of distributed energy and smart grid projects in the world,” NREL Director for Energy Systems Integration Ben Kroposki said. “NREL is now able to access the wealth of information and conduct joint research with the other DERlab members.”
NREL is the only federal laboratory in the U.S. dedicated to the research, development, commercialization, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Upon completion, ESIF will become the first facility in the U.S. that can conduct integrated megawatt-scale research and development of the components and strategies needed to safely move clean energy technologies onto the electrical grid “in-flight” at the speed and scale required to meet national goals.
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