NREL Lab Tour
Wednesday, September 24
At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the focus is on creative answers to today's energy challenges. From fundamental science and energy analysis to validating new products for the commercial market, NREL researchers are dedicated to transforming the way the world uses energy.
With more than 35 years of successful innovation in energy efficiency and renewable energy, today our discoveries provide sustainable alternatives for powering our homes, businesses, and our transportation system.
Join SAE International and attendees of SAE 2014 Thermal Management Systems Symposium as we tour the NREL Campus in Golden, Colorado (separate registration fee for tour: $25.00* , max tour attendee count: 40).
NREL CAMPUS TOUR ITINERARY
Tentative Departure and Return Time:
1:15 - 4:30 p.m.
||Welcome by NREL Executive|
|Battery Thermal Characterization
||Battery cycling, thermal calorimetry, infrared imaging, means to generate and characterize internal shorts|
|Vehicle Climate Control Testing
||Outdoor vehicle thermal soak and cooldown/heatup testing to extend electric vehicle range and reduce conventional vehicle fuel use.|
|Heavy Vehicle Cabin Climate Control ||Thermal testing to research techniques that reduce fuel use for truck idling|
|Solar PV to Vehicle to Building
||Solar canopy for recharging EDVs in connection with building and vehicle power|
|Power Electronics Advanced Heat Transfer and Thermal Interfaces
||Single and two phase jets and sprays, pool boiling, and air cooling to increase heat flux removal. Bonding and interfaces including physical, thermal, electrical, and structural characterization|
|Electric Motor Thermal Management
||Experiment to assess oil cooling to permit higher electric motor power densities||Fluid Flow Visualization and Material and Interface Thermal Characterization
||Particle Imaging Velocimetry to characterize air or liquid flows, including microchannels
|Transient Thermal Reflectance - laser based technique to measure very low thermal resistances|
|Thermal Manikin Environmental Chamber
||NREL's Thermal Manikin
|Vehicle Cabin Simulator
||Test Apparatus for assessing the impact of climate control seating on vehicle fuel use|
|Integrated Vehicle Thermal Management Test Loop
||Combining thermal management loops for cabin, power electronics, electric motor, energy storage, and engine|
*Non-US attendees of the tour will need to complete NREL's Foreign National Data Card that will be sent after registration. They will also need to show your passport before entering the lab.
US citizens will need to show proof of ID prior to entering. Identification can include one of the following: driver's license, military ID, DOE Badge, Passport, or other government issued photo identification. View Visitor Identification Details
Registration for the tour will be closed 2 weeks prior to the event to allow for security review of all attendees. No on-site registrations for the tour will be accepted.