National Renewable Energy Laboratory


The Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) housed on the campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a state of the art facility for the advancement of clean energy technologies. The ESIF will also include a high-performance computing data center (HPCDC) that will serve the needs of NREL, expanding the laboratory’s capabilities in modeling and simulation of renewable energy technologies and their integration into the existing energy infrastructure.  The one-petaflop scale supercomputer will enable largescale modeling and simulation. These facilities needed to reduce their energy use.


Using Construction Specialties Cantilevered and Vertical Sunshades, as well as Airfoil Lux Sunshades, will make the HPCDC one of the most energy efficient data centers in the world, operating at a power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.06 or better. The project is currently on track to achieve LEED Platinum. The NREL knows about saving energy and they chose to use CS Sun Controls on their facility.

Project: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Location: Golden, CO

Architect: Smith Group JJR

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The NREL is a National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy. The Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) housed on the campus of NREL will be the nation’s first facility that can conduct research and development of the components and strategies needed in order to safely move clean energy technologies onto the electrical grid at the speed and scale required to meet national goals. A couple hundred Scientist and Engineers will work at the state-of-the-art fully equipped labs and outdoor test areas.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory Airfoil Lux Sunshades, Cantilevered Sunshades and Vertical Sunshades

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