The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has expanded its collaboration with Alaska’s Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC).
“The Arctic environment, with its high cost of energy in remote communities and challenging climates, provides a strategic platform for NREL’s research into renewable power, sustainable transportation, energy efficiency, and energy systems integration,” NREL says. Based in Fairbanks, Alaska, CCHRC has designed energy efficient, healthy homes in some of the harshest conditions on Earth.
Temperatures in the Fairbanks area range from minus 50 degrees to 80 degrees Fahrenheit each year. NREL and CCHRC have complementary research capabilities—whole-building energy use, building energy system integration, health and indoor air quality, and energy technology design and deployment in extreme and rural environments.
NREL’s 10-year strategy includes a focus on Integrated Energy Pathways, an expanding research area that guides solutions to enable the efficient and reliable operation of our future energy system. “The expanded collaboration between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Cold Climate Housing Research Center will allow us to test the resiliency and reliability of energy-efficient and renewable energy technologies in extreme weather conditions,” said Daniel R. Simmons, assistant secretary for the office of energy efficiency and renewable energy.