Energy Systems Integration Facility Named Lab of the Year
The Energy Department's Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) on March 27 was named 2014 Laboratory of the Year by the editors of R&D Magazine. The ESIF is part of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. In its first year of operation, the $135-million-ESIF has advanced clean energy technologies and grid integration.
The ESIF received the 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, which functions as a power integration circuit capable of connecting multiple sources of energy with experiments. See the NREL news release.