Project: NREL National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Location: South Table Mountain Campus, Golden, CO
Architect: Smith Group JJR
About the Project
The NREL is a National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy. The Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) housed on the NREL campus is 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 of hundred scientists and engineers work at the state-of-the-art fully equipped labs and outdoor test areas.
The ESIF also includes 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. Their one-petaflop scale supercomputer will enable large-scale modeling and simulation. The HPCDC will also be 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 achieved LEED Platinum rating. The NREL knows about saving energy and they chose to use CS Sun Controls on their facility.
At a glance:
- State-of-the-art facility for the advancement of clean energy technologies
- Modeling and simulation of integrating renewable energy into existing infrastructure
- Department of Energy chose to use CS Cantilevered and Vertical Sunshades to help reduce their energy use
- Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Silver