2014 Energy Finalist
Developing a High-Speed Electrical Analysis for Facility-Wide Energy Research
Author: Craig Eidson, Jennifer Palumbo, Nick Aroneseno, Optimation Technology
Challenge: Monitoring the Research Electrical Distribution Bus (REDB) and electrical safety conditions for individual experiments across the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), a 182,500 sq ft testing facility located at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado.
Solution: Developing an easily reconfigurable power monitoring solution that provides researchers at NREL with the valuable real-time data they need to overcome the challenges of integrating renewable energy technologies on the grid. More than 70 NI CompactRIO devices were distributed throughout the ESIF to acquire GPS synchronized voltages and currents at more than 50,000 samples per second (Hz).
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This paper describes in a good amount of detail a project that really delivered to the clients' expectations. The team that executed it was very much in tune with the needs right from the start, and followed a very good process to be sure to deliver what was expected.
The complexity and the sophisticationof the solution is subtle, and the understated elegance of the solution is very much appreciated. This is a good summary of very good work by a great team on a high-rpofile, and critically important initiative at DOE.