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The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been selected as a new member of the nonprofit Association of European Distributed Energy Resources Laboratories (DERlab), an international association of laboratories and research institutions that studies distributed energy resources equipment and systems.

NREL was selected by DERlab in recognition of its work in rsearching the integration of emerging energy technologies into new and existing electricity infrastructure. NREL is preparing to open its flagship research laboratory, the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), which will house research for overcoming barriers to adding renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced grid technologies to an existing energy infrastructure.

NREL joins a collaboration of 21 other labs around Europe and the U.S. that provide a platform for common research and knowledge transfer.

"As the Energy Systems Integration Facility comes online at NREL, this facility offers a unique opportunity to learn from large-scale deployments of renewable and distributed energy in Europe and apply this knowledge to research in ESIF," says Ben Kroposk, director of energy systems integration at NREL.

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