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Sourcing Renewables  -  August 17, 2020

DOE releases new tech for scaling large energy systems

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Aug. 12 a new research platform that will allow the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to explore solutions for implementing integrated energy systems at scale.

The Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems (ARIES) platform will allow researchers to study resources like electric vehicles, renewable generation, hydrogen, energy storage and grid-interactive efficient buildings at the 20 MW level to determine how to scale them while connecting them to the grid. This will allow NREL to look into opportunities and risks with the growing interdependencies between the power system and other infrastructures like natural gas, transportation, water, and telecommunications.

“As our Nation’s energy system continues to undergo dramatic transformations, there is a growing need for research on how to best integrate all of our energy resources on the grid in order to provide the most reliable and affordable electricity to the American people,” Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette said in a statement. “ARIES is a flexible platform that provides the opportunity to develop and evaluate new technologies at a size and scale that matters. The Trump Administration is committed to advancing the next generation of energy technologies through platforms like ARIES, which aim to create a better American energy system.”

In particular, the five research areas of critical importance that the ARIES platform is equipped to look into are energy storage, power electronics, hybrid energy systems, future energy infrastructure and cybersecurity. The platform will leverage existing capabilities at NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) and will be connected to other national laboratories and research partners through a high-speed data link to open the possibility for research collaboration.

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