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IDAES Honored with R&D100 Award

October 1, 2020

By Linda Vu


3. IDAES Team Photo

The IDAES Integrated Platform team includes top-tier researchers from around the world employed at labs and universities throughout the nation. (Photo captured prior to March 2020)


The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Institute for the Design of Advanced Energy Systems (IDAES) is the winner of a prestigious 2020 R&D100 award, which recognizes the developers of the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace in the last year. IDAES, which won in the category of software/services, develops next-generation computational tools for process systems engineering (PSE) of advanced energy systems, enabling their rapid design and optimization.

Led by National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), IDAES is a collaboration with Sandia National Laboratories, Berkeley Lab, West Virginia University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Notre Dame.

“I am excited to see IDAES selected as an R&D100 award winner. The new capabilities that we are building are unique, groundbreaking, and eminently useful for a broad range of applications,” said Daniel Gunter, who heads the Computational Research Division’s Integrated Data Frameworks Group and IDAES team member. “The project team includes a number of top experts across the domain, and even more impressively the team collaborates deeply and well – better than any team this size I have ever been part of. I feel privileged to be part of this very successful example of the power of team science.” 

By providing rigorous modeling capabilities, the IDAES Modeling & Optimization Platform helps energy and process companies, technology developers, academic researchers, and the U.S. Department of Energy to design, develop, scale-up and analyze new and potential PSE technologies and processes to accelerate advances and apply them to address the nation’s energy needs. The IDAES platform is also a key component in the "National Alliance for Water Innovation,” a $100M 5-year DOE project led by Berkeley Lab, which will examine the critical technical barriers and research needed to radically lower the cost and energy of desalination.

The R&D 100 Awards competition received entries from 19 countries and regions for the 2020 competition. A full list of the 2020 winners is available at the R&D World website.