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NREL Named 2014 Laboratory of the Year with Liquid-Cooled Supercomputer

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GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini (left), NREL Associate Lab Director Bryan Hannegan, and NREL Director Dan Arvizu discuss the high performance computer Peregrine during a tour of the ESIF.

This week R&D Magazine honored the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and their Peregrine supercomputer as one of the top technological innovations of the year.

Bits, Bytes and BTUs: Warm Water Liquid Cooling at NREL

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“NREL’s HPC center is home to the largest HPC system in the world dedicated to advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. In addition, the HPC data center is one of the most energy efficient data centers in the world, featuring warm-water liquid cooling, and waste heat capture and re-use to reduce energy use and lower costs.”

NREL’s Peregrine: HP’s Warm Water Cooled HPC Platform

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Nicholas Dube from HP presented this talk at the Adaptive Computing booth at SC13. “The ESIF data center is designed to achieve an annualized average power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.06 or better. Going beyond traditional PUE measurements, the NREL HPC Data Center is using warm-water liquid cooling for its high-power computer components, then capturing and reusing that waste heat as the primary heat source in the ESIF offices and laboratory space.”