WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the unveiling of a national secure data center dedicated to the independent analysis of advanced hydrogen and fuel cell technologies at DOE’s Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) located at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo.

DOE said the National Fuel Cell Technology Evaluation Center (NFCTEC) will allow industry, academia, and government organizations to submit and review data gathered from projects to advance cost-effective fuel cell technology. NFCTEC will also help accelerate the commercialization of fuel cell technologies by strengthening data collection from fuel cell systems and components operating under real-world conditions, and analysis of these detailed data that can be compared to technical targets. The NFCTEC is housed within an ESIF area specifically designed for the secure management, storage, and processing of proprietary data from industry and other stakeholders. Aggregated analysis results that show the status and progress of the technology, but do not identify individual companies, are available to the public.

The ESIF also houses one of the most energy efficient data centers in the world. NFCTEC will use a secure work area for data analysis in addition to servers co-located with the High Performance Computing Center (HPCC) at ESIF. The waste heat generated by the HPCC servers will be used as the primary heat source for nearby offices and labs, with excess heat exported to other areas of the NREL campus.

With support from DOE, NREL has been performing independent, third-party analysis and validation of proprietary hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in real-world operation since 2004.

For more information on the new National Fuel Cell Technology Evaluation Center, visit www.nrel.gov/hydrogen/facilities_nfctec.html.

Publication date: 9/23/2013

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