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Ran Fu

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Ran Fu is a member of the Technology Systems and Sustainability Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Energy Analyst
On staff since June 2013
Phone number: 303-384-7522

Areas of expertise

  • Manufacturing economics and technology strategic roadmap
  • Techno-economic analysis for supporting R&D decision making
  • Value chain analysis and market forecasting

Primary research interests

  • Cost modeling for manufacturing and installation process
  • Utility-scale, commercial, and residential solar project costs and finance
  • Behavior of supply, demand, and prices in materials markets
  • Commercialization and business venture development
  • Value proposition for the emerging technologies

Education and background training

  • M.S. in civil engineering, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 2010
  • B.S. in civil engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, China, 2008

Prior work experience

  • Project Engineer, Array Technologies. Inc., Albuquerque, NM (2010-2013)

Selected publications

Powell, D. M.; Fu, R.; Horowitz, K.; Basore, P. A.; Woodhouse, M.; and Buonassisi, T. (2015). The capital intensity of photovoltaics manufacturing: barrier to scale and opportunity for innovation. Energy Environment Science. Published online 07 Sep 2015.

Fu, R.; James, T. L.; Woodhouse, M. (2015). Economic Measurements of Polysilicon for the Photovoltaic Industry: Market Competition and Manufacturing Competitiveness. IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics. Vol. 5(2), March 2015; pp. 515-524; NREL Report No. JA-6A20-61384. 2156-3381 © 2014 IEEE. Personal use is permitted, but republication/redistribution requires IEEE permission.

Davidson, C.; James, T. L.; Margolis, R.; Fu, R.; Feldman, D. (2014). U.S. Residential Photovoltaic (PV) System Prices, Q4 2013 Benchmarks: Cash Purchase, Fair Market Value, and Prepaid Lease Transaction Prices. 35 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-62671.

Feldman, D.; Barbose, G.; Margolis, R.; James, T.; Weaver, S.; Darghouth, N.; Fu, R.; Davidson, C.; Booth, S.; Wiser, R. (2014). Photovoltaic System Pricing Trends: Historical, Recent, and Near-Term Projections. 2014 Edition (Presentation). Sunshot, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). 32 pp.; NREL Report No. PR-6A20-62558.

Full list of Ran Fu publications (NREL)

Personal interests/hobbies

Basketball, guitar and snowboarding