Nate Blair is the group manager of the Energy Forecasting and Modeling in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.
On staff since September 2002
Phone number: 303-384-7426
Areas of expertise
- Linear programming with General Algebraic Modeling System (GAMS)
- Building and system simulation tools, especially the TRaNsient SYstem Simulation Program (TRNSYS)
- Concentrating solar power system modeling
- Experimental solar water-heating experience
Primary research interests
- Macroeconomic energy-impact analysis
- Wind-power market modeling
- Transient power system modeling
- Building performance measurement
Education and background training
- M.B.A., 2002, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business
- M.S. in mechanical engineering, 1993, University of Wisconsin-Madison Solar Energy Laboratory
- B.A. in physics, 1992, Gustavus Adolphus College
Prior work experience
- Intern, Global Energy Partners, LLC (June 2001-August 2001)
- Intern, Sandia National Lab - Concentrating Solar Power Group (May 2000-August 2000)
- Project Engineer, Thermal Energy System Specialists (August 1998-November 1999)
- Visiting Researcher, Center for Science and Technologies in Buildings (CSTB) (November 1997-May 1998)
- Visiting Researcher, Transsolar EnergiTechnik GMBH (July 1997-October 1997)
- TRNSYS Coordinator, UW-Madison Solar Energy Lab (1994-1997)
- TRNSYS Coordinator Assistant, UW-Madison Solar Energy Lab (March 1994-August 1994)
- Staff Engineer, Energy Center of Wisconsin (March 1994-August 1994)
- Research assistant, UW-Madison Solar Energy Lab (August 1992-December 1993)
- Member of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES)
- Member of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES)
- Member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
Jones, S., Pitz-Paal, R., Schwarzboezl, P., Blair, N.J., Cable, R.; 2001, "TRNSYS modeling of the SEGS VI Parabolic Trough Solar Electric Generating System," 2001 Annual ASES Conference, Washington, D.C.
Blair, N.J., Holst, S.; 1997, "Results and Experiences using the Latest TRNSYS Building Model (BESTEST Validation)" 1997 TRNSYS User Day, Stuttgart, Germany.
Quinlan, P., Beckman, W.A., Mitchell, J.W., Klein, S.A., Blair, N.J.; 1997, "Time Series Modeling of Autonomous Hybrid Power Systems," 1997 Annual ASES Conference, Washington, D.C.
Blair, N. J., Mitchell, J.W., Beckman, W.A., Klein, S.A.; 1996, "Modular Simulation Methods for Use in HVAC Energy Calculations," ASME June 1996 Meeting, San Antonio, TX
Blair, N. J., (M.S., 1993), "Experimental and Numerical Analysis of Transient Natural Convection in a Cylindrical Enclosure."
Full list of Nate Blair publications (NREL)
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