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New NREL Facility in Denver Aimed at Smart Grid Research

Admin on March 15, 2013 - in Energy

A new, $135 million research laboratory at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden will be a one-of-a-kind facility, enabling researchers to test the impact of new devices and renewable-energy sources on the nation’s electricity grid in a controlled environment, NREL says.

The electrical connections in the building will be capable of handling up to 1 megawatt of power, according to NREL officials. The project will enable researchers to test what happens to the nation’s electricity grid when new, smarter “Smart Grid” devices — or renewable-energy sources — are plugged into the grid.

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