Energy Systems Integration Facility

US Department of Energy

Optimizing two-way traffic on the grid.

2014 Laboratory of the Year
At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy goes beyond energy simulation and data analysis by using hardware-in-the-loop prototyping to validate solutions in energy and energy efficiency. The new Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) will further the scale-up from the benchtop with an elaborate set of AC and DC buses to advance the integration of renewable energy sources into uniform utility-level power. AEI is planning, designing, and engineering ESIFs primary research area, the 65,000 square foot high-bay lab facility, focusing on: the Research Electrical Distribution Bus that will test technical strategies for uniform conversion and metering to monitor the line and load energy balance; hydrogen research exploring simpler and more scalable energy storage in addition to battery technology; and, the safety- and data integrity-driven Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system that deploys hardware-independent software to govern the array of function-specific control systems and to disseminate real time data to principal investigators collaborating worldwide.

182,000 sf
Golden, CO
SmithGroupJJR - Design Architect
LEED® status:
LEED Platinum
  • 2014 Laboratory of the Year Award
    -R&D Magazine