NREL Supercomputing Model Assists With Wind and Solar Generation Study

A new study from the United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) used high-performance computing capabilities and innovative visualization tools to model, in unprecedented detail, how the power grid of the eastern United States could operationally accommodate higher levels of wind and solar photovoltaic generation. The analysis considered scenarios of up to 30 percent annual penetration of wind and solar. Whereas previous studies have investigated operations in one-hour intervals, NREL’s Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study (ERGIS) analyzed a year of operations at 5-minute intervals, the same real-time interval…

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PKN Orlen seeks refinery energy efficiency solution

The crowdsourcing model chosen by PKN Orlen has become popular around the world. Advanced competition tools and communication channels developed with NineSigma have allowed PKN Orlen to reach innovators around the world PKN Orlen has selected six solutions best designed to improve a refinery’s energy efficiency. The group of finalists includes companies from France, Germany, India, Poland, the UK and the US. Despite the complexity of the challenge, PKN Orlen’s initiative attracted significant interest from innovators around the world. The submissions feature a variety of solutions enabling the use of…

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