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The Renewable Energy Group’s missions is to support the Sustainable Energy Technologies Department by developing solutions to key issues facing the deployment, grid integration, and life-cycle assessment of renewable energy technologies in the United States.

Group members perform research, systems-level modeling, engineering studies and field testing within several of the most promising renewable energy areas for the U.S., including solar photovoltaics, wind energy and biofuels. The research, modeling and studies address key issues related to energy transmission and integration of renewable energy systems into the current grid and future smart grids. They utilize broad collaborations across the Laboratory directorates and departments, including Basic Energy Sciences, Environment and Life Sciences, the National Synchrotron Light Source, Technology Commercialization and Partnerships and Computational Sciences.


  • Electrical power engineering
  • Instrumentation and controls engineering
  • Power system modeling, simulation and analysis
  • Reliability and security assessment of power grids
  • Digital system reliability assessment
  • Aging degradation and reliability analysis
  • Environmental and ecological research
  • Nanoparticle cytotoxicity and environmental impacts
  • Fuels and biomass conversion chemistry

Research areas

  • Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Systems
  • Renewable Energy Technologies Development and Deployment
  • Smart Grid Development and Demonstration

New Projects

Distributed Energy Resources Customer Adoption Model

The Distributed Energy Resources Customer Adoption Model (DER-CAM) has been developed to solve the microgrid equipment selection and operation problem analytically. The main objective of DER-CAM is to minimize either the annual costs or the CO2 emissions of providing energy services to the modeled site, including utility electricity and natural gas purchases, plus amortized capital and maintenance costs for any distributed generation investments. More...

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