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Advanced Digital Program Announced by DOE

image credit: In the Cyber Lab of NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility, Juan Torres, NREL Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Systems Integration (center), briefs Dan Brouillette, U.S. Secretary of Energy (right), and Cory Gardner, U.S. Senator for Colorado.

NREL's ARIES launched to simulate future energy challenges

U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette announced the launch of the Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems (ARIES) platform at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on August 12th. ARIES is an extremely advanced research platform to enable NREL researchers and the scientific community to investigate the fundamental challenges of building large, integrated energy systems in the future.

The ARIES program builds upon existing capabilities at NREL's research centers. Researchers will able to provide real-time testing of equipment connected to the electrical grid. With ARIES, the new capabilities will enable testing of equipment up to 20MW. The research facilities will use a 100 Gbps fiber-optic link to connect to other national laboratories and industry partners. The scale of the platform is amplified by a virtual emulation environment powered by NREL’s 8-petaflop supercomputer.

“ARIES will enable DOE and industry to de-risk the technical, the operational, and the financial impacts of large-scale integration in a unique environment that doesn’t currently exist,” Brouillette said. “It’s designed to address the challenges of developing our integrated advanced energy systems of the future … including the challenge of controlling tens of millions of interconnected devices and integrating multiple new energy technologies that haven’t previously worked together.”

The ARIES platform will provide a virtual emulation environment that uses advanced computing and digital real-time simulators. ARIES will help researchers address the challenges of integrated energy systems at scale in the areas of energy storage, power electronics, hybrid energy systems, future energy infrastructure, and cybersecurity—five research areas of critical importance as devices scale up from the hundreds to millions.

This advanced facility will enable the DOE to simulate problems and provide solutions to the complex developments in energy production and delivery in the future.


Photo: Dennis Schroeder, NREL.

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