Experimental Systems

The DOE IES program focuses on the research and development of tools and technologies that will lead to demonstration of multiple integrated energy systems that have a clear path toward commercialization.

Within Experimental Systems, the IES program will establish a fully-functional and diverse nonnuclear facility to support model validation and initial technology demonstration. This facility will include representation of multiple subsystems both through virtual system integration (via real-time connections to other test facilities) or physical integration with scaled demonstration hardware. This system will allow for demonstration and validation of specific technologies (e.g. components), sensors, control architecture, integration hardware, data analytics and data management, and related cyber security approaches. In this manner commercial risk can be reduced prior to nuclear system demonstration.

 INL Systems Integration Laboratory, includes electrically-heated reactor emulation (Summer 2020); thermal energy generation and distribution, including thermal energy storage (Summer 2020); hydrogen generation via high-temperature electrolysis; a chemical synthesis reactor; grid emulation; and electric vehicle charging and battery testing. Additional components located outside the SIL include chemical flow batteries and small-scale wind and solar generation. The INL’s Power &Energy Real-Time Laboratory is enabled for real-time connection with geographically dispersed laboratory facilities at INL, other laboratories, universities, and industry via the real-time digital simulators.