Open for Business: How to Use DOE's Newest Facilities
This webinar is free and open to the public.
Originally aired Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 1:00 -2:00 p.m. EST
Have you ever thought about how you could take advantage of the facilities and capabilities that the U.S. Department of Energy – the leading employer of scientists in the U.S. – has created for renewable energy? Here’s your opportunity to take the first step.
In the last few years, several world class facilities have opened and DOE is looking for companies to collaborate with them on a range of matters, including research and development, product testing, durability, and many other areas. Join us and learn how your business – large or small – can benefit from these federal centers.
- Benjamin Kroposki, Director, Energy Systems Integration, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- Lidija Sekaric, Program Manager, SunShot Initiative, Tech to Market and Strategic Initiatives
- Steven Chalk, Deputy Assistant Secretary, DOE
- Tom Kimbis, Vice President of Executive Affairs, SEIA
NREL's multistory Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) provides laboratory and office space for approximately 200 NREL researchers and support staff. The nearly 200,000 SF facility houses research to overcome challenges related to the interconnection of distributed energy systems and the integration of renewable energy technologies into the electricity grid.
At the Regional Test Centers (RTCs) throughout the U.S., DOE provides photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) validation testing and systems monitoring for businesses and other industry stakeholders. The primary mission of the RTCs is to develop standards and guidelines for validating the performance and operation of PV modules and systems. The RTCs also serve as test beds for large-scale systems and provide independent validation of PV performance and reliability.
By establishing the technical basis for bankability, the RTCs serve to increase investor confidence in PV technologies. These efforts support the SunShot Initiative's goal to increase the penetration of large-scale solar energy systems to enable solar-generated power to account for 15% to 18% of America's electricity generation by 2030.
RTCs provide the land, grid integration, and large-scale testing and data monitoring necessary to:
- Validate the performance of PV systems
- Verify and validate models used to predict performance
- Collect detailed operations and maintenance data
- Assess PV module quality, degradation rates, and system reliability issues
- Investigate the role of various environmental factors on the reliability, durability, and safety of PV technologies.
Recipients of technical assistance through the RTCs can have identical PV installations assessed at each of the five regional sites:
- Denver, Colorado: Located at the Solar Technology Acceleration Center (SolarTAC) in Colorado, this RTC is managed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and provides testing within a steppe climate.
- Albuquerque, New Mexico: Located at the National Solar Test Facility (NSTTF), this RTC is managed by Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and provides testing within a hot-dry climate.
- Las Vegas, Nevada: Led by Sandia National Laboratories, the Las Vegas Valley Water District, and the University of Nevada's Center for Energy Research, this RTC will accommodate as many as eight installations of PV systems.
- Orlando, Florida: Managed by the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), this RTC provides testing within a hot-humid climate.
- Williston, Vermont: Located on IBM property, this RTC will focus on performance data and support collaborative research related to the integration of PV technologies into Vermont's statewide electrical grid.