Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz a research facility focused on clean energy grid integration and deployment at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado.
The new Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) will help manufacturers, utilities, and public and private sector researchers overcome the challenges of integrating clean energy and energy efficiency technologies into today’s energy infrastructure.
“Strong partnerships between our national laboratories and America’s private industry, academia, and entrepreneurs will help reduce the effects of climate change, increase the production of clean energy, and accelerate the development of new technologies,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “The Energy Department has been at the forefront of large scale computation and modeling, and new NREL supercomputing capabilities will support the groundbreaking science and innovation we need to address the effects of global climate change and pave the way to a cleaner, more sustainable energy future.”
During President Barack Obama’s first term, the United States more than doubled generation of renewable electricity from wind, solar, and geothermal sources. The president has set a goal to double renewable electricity generation once again by 2020.
According to the DOE, seamless and efficient grid integration will help meet this target and make clean energy technologies even more affordable for American families and businesses. To that end, ESIF will tackle power generation, transmission, distribution and end-use challenges to advance renewable energy, electric vehicles, energy storage batteries, microgrids and next-generation building technologies.