Mission and Overview
The High Performance Computing (HPC) center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) provides high-speed, large-scale computer processing to advance research on renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Through computer modeling and simulation, researchers can explore processes and technologies that cannot be directly observed in a laboratory or that are too expensive or too time-consuming to be conducted otherwise. NREL's HPC center is home to the largest HPC system in the world dedicated to advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The HPC capabilities of the center propel technology innovation as a research tool by which scientists and engineers find new ways to tackle our nation's energy challenges—challenges that cannot be addressed through traditional experimentation alone. These efforts will save time and money, significantly improve the likelihood of breakthroughs and useful advances, and reduce risks and uncertainties that are often barriers to industries that wish to adopt new and innovative technologies. In addition, the HPC data center is one of the most energy efficient data centers in the world, featuring warm-water liquid cooling, and waste heat capture and re-use to reduce energy use and lower costs.
Eligible research projects include all those funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) that require high performance computing support. The HPC data center is located in NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility, which houses research to overcome challenges related to the interconnection of distributed energy systems and the integration of renewable energy technologies onto the electricity grid.