Power management company Eaton and the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have entered into a cooperative agreement to place 15 members of Eaton’s Research team at NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility in Golden, Colorado.
“This first-of-its-kind agreement for Eaton and NREL is an exciting next step in our long relationship,” said Ramanath Ramakrishnan, Eaton’s executive vice-president and chief technology officer. “We will be able to substantially accelerate the innovation process. This infrastructure, combined with Eaton’s ability to mitigate the risks associated with early-stage technologies, will help us more efficiently translate ideas into next generation solutions.”
For more than a decade, Eaton and NREL have collaborated on a comprehensive portfolio of joint programmes that includes optimising energy systems for microgrids, buildings and communities, and developing a predictive battery management system for hybrid electric vehicles. This new agreement augments this relationship by enabling both organisations to collaborate closely on the evolving state of energy solutions such as microgrids, energy storage systems and grid intelligence.
“NREL’s industry partnerships are integral to the advanced energy research revolutionising the global energy landscape,” said NREL’s director Dr Martin Keller. “This on-site, direct collaboration allows our fully-integrated teams to expand knowledge related to grid integration and power management.”
Igor Stamenkovic, director, global technology, will lead the team on behalf of Eaton.