Models and Tools
Use models and tools developed or supported by NREL to assess, analyze, and optimize renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies for your project. Many of these tools can be applied on a global, regional, local, or project basis. NREL models and tools include several designed for the consumer or energy professional.
Technology and Performance Analysis
Calculate electrical energy produced by a grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) system for U.S. locations.
Open-source software that collects massive amounts of energy-related data at second-to-second intervals.
Analyze capital investments in buildings. Includes the Energy Escalation Rate Calculator 2.0-13.
Helps building designers and owners save money, reduce energy use, and improve indoor air quality.
Helps federal agencies analyze the use of renewable energy technologies for buildings and facilities.
Solar Deployment System (SolarDS)
Use NREL's geospatial toolkit to visualize solar and wind resource data in 13 developing countries. Contact Dan Getman for more information.
Determine optimal production and delivery scenarios for hydrogen, with this geospatial and temporal infrastructure analysis model.
Determine which supply chain changes would have the greatest potential to accelerate the deployment of biofuels.
Calculate the theoretical ethanol yield of a particular biomass feedstock, based on its sugar content.
Energy Systems Analysis
Access RE Atlas, Solar Power Prospector, PV Watts, and other popular tools that dynamically generate maps of renewable energy resources.
NREL uses this multi-regional, multi-time period, GIS and linear programming model of U.S. electric sector capacity expansion to analyze critical issues in the electric sector.
Evaluate design options for both off-grid and grid-connected power systems for remote, stand-alone, and distributed generation applications. HOMER is licensed to and maintained by Homer Energy.
See how changes in energy demand and supply by economic sector can impact carbon dioxide emissions.
NREL uses this dispatch model to evaluate renewable generation as a function of system flexibility, and enabling technologies like demand response. Contact Paul Denholm for more information.
NREL uses this capacity-expansion model of the U.S. energy market to conduct deterministic or stochastic analysis.
Economic and Financial Analysis
Use these easy-to-use, spreadsheet-based tools to analyze the economic impacts of constructing and operating power generation and biofuel plants at the local and state level.
Assess solar, wind, or geothermal projects, design cost-based incentives, and evaluate the impact of tax incentives or other support structures with this cash flow model.
Estimate the economic impacts of constructing and operating photovoltaic power generation at the local and state levels.
Make performance predictions and cost of energy estimates for grid-connected power projects based on system design parameters that you specify.
Hydrogen production and delivery models used for analyzing the economics of distributed and centralized hydrogen production from various energy resources, including renewables, coal, natural gas, and biomass.
The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, provides information on more than 200 software tools for energy analysis.