Technical Tours

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Showcase Event for NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility

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Date: July 30, 2015
Tour time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.

As many of you discovered, the NREL-ESIF tour that IEEE offered in conjunction with the IEEE PES General meeting sold out quickly. To help us accommodate the high demand for this tour, NREL is hosting an Open House for attendees (Open House Registration Required) to visit the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) on the NREL campus in Golden, Colorado. A demonstration of an ADMS simulation will be provided and an opportunity to learn about leading-edge research taking place in the Smart Power and Power Systems Integration laboratories. Research staff will also be available to discuss current projects and answer questions about the facility and the many partners working with NREL.

To attend the open house, you will need to register online https://esif-openhouse.eventbrite.com by July 15, 2015. Please contact Diane Littau This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 303-275-4075. You will be on your own for travel to and from NREL, which is located about 20 minutes from downtown Denver at 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, CO, 80401. Foreign nationals will need to register two weeks in advance of the tour.

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Denver Transit Partners/Regional Transportation District Electric Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility (CRMF)

Date: July 27, 2015
Tour time: leave hotel at 1 p.m., arrive at RTD about 1:30 p.m., tour till 3:30 p.m.
Location: 5151 Fox Street, Globeville (Denver)

The latest Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) train expansion is based on a faster, larger and safer 25 kV alternating current (AC) Commuter Rail system versus the original 600 volt direct current (DC) Light Rail design. As part of this upgrade, a complete new advanced electric Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility (CRMF) was needed. This 230,000 square foot Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) award facility is designed to house 240 operators, mechanics, other staff, and up to 80 electric rail cars. The Control and Training Center for the new Commuter Rail system is also located here. The trip will include a guided tour of the repair and maintenance facilities as well as the Control and Training Center and warehouse.

Note: Limited to 40 people. ADA compliant but quantity of elevators is limited. Recommend comfortable closed toe walking shoes.

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These two stops are combined for one round-trip tour. Limited to 40 visitors.

Solar Technology Acceleration Center (SolarTAC)

SOLD OUT

Date: July 27, 2015
Tour time: leave hotel about 12:30 p.m., tour from 1-3 p.m.
Location: 2850 Hudson Mile Rd, Watkins, Colorado

The Solar Technology Acceleration Center is a 74 acre integrated research park. It is used by the solar industry to test, validate, and demonstrate near-market and advanced solar technologies. In operation since 2011, it includes facilities for both photovoltaic and concentrated solar power technologies, as well as access to the electric grid. Located near the Denver International Airport, the site provides excellent solar insolation with more than 300 days of sunshine every year.

Note: Will be walking outdoors. Recommend comfortable closed toe walking shoes, hat and sunglasses.

SMA

SOLD OUT

Date: July 27, 2015
Tour time: 3:30-5 p.m.
Location: 3801 Havana St, Denver, Colorado

SMA is the global market leader for inverters, of which more than 30 GW have been delivered. SMA builds inverters for residential , commercial and industrial PV applications of up to 1,500 VDC and 2.475 kVA per unit. They also market a PV / Diesel hybrid system, battery inverters and offer planning software and real-time monitoring systems. This will be an opportunity to discuss emerging product ideas with SMA engineers.

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These two stops are combined for one round-trip tour. Limited to 40 visitors.

Western Area Power Administration, Electric Power Training Center (EPTC)

SOLD OUT

Date: July 28, 2015
Tour date: Leave hotel at noon, tour from 1-2:15 p.m.
Location: 1667 Cole Blvd, Building 19, Lakewood, Colorado

The Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) markets and delivers hydroelectric power and related services within a 15 state region of the central and western US. Its transmission system carries electricity from 55 hydropower plants with a combined capacity of 10.6 gigawatts. The Electric Power Training Center is used to train power system operators at WAPA and many other utilities.

Note: Non-US citizen visitor approval required ahead of time. Registration for this tour closes June 26.

NREL Energy Systems Interconnection Facility (ESIF)

SOLD OUT

Date: July 28, 2015
Tour time: Leave EPTC at 2:15 p.m., arrive at ESIF at 2:30 p.m., tour till about 3:45 p.m.
Location: 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, Colorado

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the United States’ primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. The Energy Systems Interconnection Facility houses labs conducting research on Power Systems Integration, Energy Storage, Smart Power, Thermal Processes, and Optical Characterization. It is a 183,000 square foot facility that has a new super computer center. It has been awarded with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification.

Note: Non-US citizen visitor approval required ahead of time. Registration for this tour closes June 26.

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These two stops are combined for one round-trip tour. Limited to 40 visitors.

NREL National Wind Technology Center (NWTC)

SOLD OUT

Date: July 29, 2015
Tour time: Leave hotel at noon, tour 1-3 p.m.
Location: 18299 West 120th Ave, (Hwy 93 & 128), Louisville, Colorado

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the United States’ primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. The Wind Technology Center is the nation’s premier wind energy technology research facility. It advances the development of innovative land-based and offshore wind energy technologies. The 305 acre site is comprised of test sites, test laboratories, industrial work areas, machine shops, electronics and instrumentation laboratories, and office areas. The testing facilities for full size gearboxes and wind turbine blades are especially interesting.

Note: Non-US citizen visitor approval required ahead of time. Registration for this tour closes June. 26. Partly outdoors, may be windy. Recommend comfortable closed toe walking shoes, hat, sunglasses and long-pants.

Plains-End Power Plant

SOLD OUT

Date: July 29, 2015
Tour time: 3:15-4:30 p.m., or so
Location: 8950 Hwy 93 (near Hwy 72), Arvada, Colorado

The Plains-End Power Plant is the world’s largest reciprocating engine peaking power plant. It is comprised of 34 large natural gas units totaling 231 MW. These reciprocating engines have high operational flexibility. Most of the time, they operate in non-spinning reserve mode, capable of ramping to full output in less than ten minutes to help balance changes in wind plant output. With a small diesel generator on site, the plant has black start capabilities.

Note: Part of tour will be outdoors. Recommend comfortable closed toe walking shoes, hat and sunglasses.

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