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1 NREL is a national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. The Future of Clean Energy CREA Energy Innovations Summit Doug Arent October 2014

2 2 Profound Transformation is Underway >2x Growth of U.S. electricity generation from wind and solar since 2008 >50% Percentage of net additions to global electric generating capacity from renewables in 2012 Of the $9.7 trillion of global investment in Power Generation through 2035, 71% will be in renewables or clean technologies. (Citibank 2013) Electric CarsLED Lights Solar Photovoltaics Land-Based Wind

3 3 Much More is Possible Many studies show one consistent conclusion: We can affordably, securely meet our energy needs with a much higher portion of renewables.

4 4 Grid Modernization Components Renewable Energy Energy Efficiency Analysis, Modeling and Simulation Energy Storage Sensors and Controls Interconnection Policy and Regulation Interoperability Markets and Business Models Emerging Technologies Scales and Challenges Solutions Sustainable Transportation Consumer City Regional More Variable Supply and Demand Limited Grid Flexibility Aging Infrastructure Vulnerability to Extreme Events Challenges to Reliability Increasing Costs

5 5 The Evolving Power System … How Soon? How Fast? What Business Model(s)? Figure: courtesy of B. Hannegan, EPRI

6 6 Addressing the challenges of large-scale integration of clean energy technologies i nto the energy systems infrastructure Energy Systems Integration – The Facility Offices HPC - DC Laboratories NREL’s largest R&D facility (182,500 ft 2 / 20,000 m 2 ) Space for ~200 NREL staff and research partners Petascale HPC and Data Center supports all research at NREL Labs focus on R&D of integrated energy systems Electricity Fuels Transportation Buildings & Campus Integrated electrical, thermal, fuel, and data infrastructure NREL’s largest R&D facility (182,500 ft 2 / 20,000 m 2 ) Space for ~200 NREL staff and research partners Petascale HPC and Data Center supports all research at NREL Labs focus on R&D of integrated energy systems Electricity Fuels Transportation Buildings & Campus Integrated electrical, thermal, fuel, and data infrastructure “This new facility will allow for an even stronger partnership with manufacturers, utilities and researchers to help integrate more clean, renewable energy into a smarter, more reliable and more resilient power grid.” - Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz


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