In the Cyber Lab of NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility, Juan Torres, NREL Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Systems Integration (center), briefs Dan Brouillette, U.S. Secretary of Energy (right), and Cory Gardner, U.S. Senator for Colorado (left), on the newly launched Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems (ARIES) platform. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette introduced two new acronyms to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) lexicon on Aug. 12: RAIL and ARIES. RAIL stands for Research and Innovation Laboratory, while ARIES is short for Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette introduces ARIES and RAIL to the nation. Brouillette’s visit to NREL marked his first stop there since becoming head of the Department of Energy (DOE) in December. While at NREL, the secretary participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new RAIL building on NREL’s South Table Mountain Campus. He was joined by U.S. Senator for Colorado Cory Gardner. Martin Keller, director of NREL, said RAIL will provide “much needed” laboratory space for researchers looking into a gamut of efforts including plastics upcycling, next-generation batteries, and advanced energy materials. “When it’s complete,” Brouillette said, “this laboratory will be a wellspring of ideas and innovations that […]

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