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Standards for the Smart Grid, energy efficient lighting, photovoltaics, net-zero-energy buildings, software for "smart" building, these a few of the many NIST research areas related to energy use and conservation. The Institute develops the testing, measurements, and reference materials needed to ensure the quality of energy-related products and services and ensure fairness in the marketplace.

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Programs and Projects
Future Directions for Magnetic Sensors

Our goal is to develop the scientific understanding needed to allow modeling and simulation to become the driving force in improving magnetic … more

Organic Electronics and Photovoltaics

Organic electronics and photovoltaic technology are reaching critical mass with the establishment of a U.S. consortium and the recent introduction … more

Characterization of 3D Photovoltaics

Our goal is to provide industry with test structures and models of next-generation photovoltaics, with an initial focus on cadmium telluride … more

Energy Storage & Delivery

The goal of the project is to develop measurement methods to characterize the nanoscale structure and dynamics of polymer electrolyte membranes … more

COMPLETED: Polymers for Next-Generation Lithography

Our goal is to develop measurement methods with sufficiently high spatial resolution to uncover the materials limitations in the resolution of … more

Computational Tool for Calculating Properties of Complex-Shaped Particles and Polymers

Many computational programs exist that are being used by industry for predicting properties of polymer composites, but their general predictive … more

The Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility

The Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility (NZERTF) is a unique laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in … more

Laboratory Equipment - 8M Combo & 3B-B Air/Gas torch

Location: A127 The surface bench torch uses a combination of propane and oxygen. The surface bench torch comes standard with a swivel ball … more

Sartorius CPA223S Balance

Last Calibration Date: August 21, 2013 Location: A115 more

Nonlinear Optical Spectroscopy

Vibrationally-Resonant Sum Frequency Spectroscopy (VR-SFS): A nonlinear vibrational spectroscopy in which two colors of light, one in the visible … more

Roof Photovoltaic Test Facility

In order to accurately predict the annual energy production of photovoltaic systems for any given geographical location, building orientation, and … more

Residential Fuel Cell Performance Test Facility

NIST has developed a test facility for residential fuel cell systems to determine the performance of these systems on a seasonal basis. The … more

Exercise Control System

The Systems Integration Division's (SID) Manufacturing & Modeling Simulation Group (MSG) worked with San Francisco Communications to support … more


* Download Expect source from SourceForge * Download Expect binaries from ActiveState * Expect Homepage Expect is a tool for automating … more

Software: EVAP-COND

EVAP-COND is a software package that contains NIST's simulation models for a finned-tube evaporator and condenser. EVAP-COND's help menu provides … more

Sustainable Manufacturing Indicator Repository (SMIR)

The Sustainable Manufacturing Indicator Repository (SMIR) aims to provide a centralized access to sustainability indicators to help companies … more

Life-Cycle Cost Analysis Tool for Chem/Bio Protection of Buildings

The life-cycle cost analysis tool helps users make consistent comparisons of Chem/Bio protection strategies based on established economic … more

Timebase Correction Software

The Timebase Correction (TBC) software package , used with high-speed sampling oscilloscopes, can correct both random and systematic timebase … more



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