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Ella Zhou

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Ella Zhou is a member of the Markets & Policy Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

International Energy Analyst
On staff since December 2014
Phone number: 303-275-3293

Areas of expertise

  • Power system modeling
  • Integrating water and cooling system, energy storage, and demand response into grid simulation and optimization models
  • International energy policy and market analysis
  • Data analysis and statistical modeling

Primary research interests

  • Grid integration of renewable energy
  • Low carbon strategies
  • Water-energy nexus

Education and background training

  • M.A. in political science, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2011
  • B.A. in literature and law, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing, 2009
  • P.C. in energy innovation and emerging technologies, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 2014

Prior work experience

  • Senior Research Assistant, The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC (2011-2014)
  • Clean Energy Investment Consultant, Claro International, Boston, MA (2011)

Selected publications

Blair, Nate, Ella Zhou, Dan Getman, and Douglas J. Arent. 2015. Electricity Capacity Expansion Modeling, Analysis, and Visualization: A Summary of High-Renewable Modeling Experiences. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-64831.

Denholm, Paul, Jennie Jorgenson, Mackay Miller, Ella Zhou, and Caixia Wang. 2015. Methods for Analyzing the Economic Value of Concentrating Solar Power with Thermal Energy Storage. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-64256.

Hurlbut, David, Ella Zhou, Kevin Porter, and Douglas J. Arent. 2015. 'Renewables-Friendly' Grid Development Strategies: Experience in the United States, Potential Lessons for China. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-64940.

Milligan, Michael, Bethany Frew, Ella Zhou, and Douglas J. Arent. 2015. Advancing System Flexibility for High Penetration Renewable Integration. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-64864.

Stark, C., J. Pless, J. Logan, E. Zhou, and D.J. Arent. 2015. Renewable Electricity: Insights for the Coming Decade. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A50-63604.

Full list of Ella Zhou publications (NREL)