The Energy Efficient Buildings Hub team is taking a “living lab” approach, working in a 30,000-square-foot building in the Navy Yard, where they are testing how different technologies interact in the building with sophisticated sensors and modeling equipment.
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Working to predict with confidence the safe, reliable, and economically competitive performance of nuclear reactors through science-based modeling and simulation technologies.
Modeled after the strong scientific management characteristics of the Manhattan Project and AT&T Bell Laboratories, the Energy Department’s Energy Innovation Hubs are integrated research centers that combine basic and applied research with engineering to accelerate scientific discovery that addresses critical energy issues.
The Hubs were first established in 2010 with the creation of the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors, which focuses on improving nuclear reactors through computer-based modeling. In total, there are currently five Hubs that work on everything from advance research to produce fuels directly from sunlight (the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis) and achieving breakthroughs in energy-efficient building design (the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy-Efficient Buildings) to improving battery technology for transportation and the grid (the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research) and developing solutions for rare earth elements and other materials critical to a growing number of clean energy technologies (the Critical Materials Institute).