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Wesley Cole

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Wesley Cole is a member of the Energy Forecasting and Modeling Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Electric System Analyst
On staff since 2014
Phone number: 303-275-3915

Areas of expertise

  • Dynamic and steady-state modeling of energy systems
  • Optimization and advanced control of energy systems
  • Analysis of integrated energy systems

Primary research interests

  • Capacity expansion modeling of the electricity sector
  • Interaction of rooftop PV systems with the greater electricity sector
  • Impacts of current and pending policies (e.g., the EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan) on the evolution of the electricity sector
  • Impacts of the natural gas supply chain on the deployment of renewable energy technologies

Education and background training

  • Ph.D. in chemical engineering, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, 2014
  • B.S. in chemical engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 2010

Prior work experience

  • Graduate Research Fellow, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (2010-2014)
  • Assistant Instructor, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (2013)
  • Research Intern, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO (2012)
  • Research Intern, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID (2010)
  • Research Assistant, Wildland Fire Laboratory, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT (2008-2010)

Other affiliations

  • Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Selected publications

Rhodes, J.D.; Upshaw, C.R.; Cole, W.J.; Holcomb, C.L.; and Webber, M.E. (2014). "A multi-objective assessment of the effect of solar PV array orientation and tilt on energy production and system economics." Solar Energy. Vol. 108, pp. 28-40.

Cole, W.J.; Morton, D.P.; and Edgar, T.F. (2014). "Optimal electricity rate structures for peak demand reduction using economic model predictive control." Journal of Process Control. Vol. 24(4), pp. 368-374.

Cole, W.J.; Perez, K.X.; Rhodes, J.D.; Webber, M.E.; Baldea, M.; and Edgar, T.F. (2014). "Community-scale air conditioning control for high penetrations of rooftop photovoltaics." Proceedings of the 2014 American Control Conference, pp. 398-403. Portland, OR.

Cole, W.J.; Powell, K.M.; Hale, E.T.; and Edgar, T.F. (2014). "Reduced-order residential home modeling for model predictive control." Energy and Buildings. Vol. 74, pp. 69-77.

Rhodes, J.D.; Upshaw, C.R.; Meehan, C.M.; Walling, D.A.; Navratil, P.A.; Beck, A.L.; Harris, C.B.; Nagasawa, K.; Fares, R.L.; Cole, W.J.; Kumar, H.; Duncan, R.D.; Holcomb, C.L.; Edgar, T.F.; Kwasinski, A.; and Webber, M.E. (2014). "Experimental and data collection methods for a large-scale smart grid deployment." Energy. Vol. 65, pp. 462-471.

Cole, W.J.; Rhodes, J.D.; Powell, K.M.; and Edgar, T.F. (2014). "Turbine inlet cooling with thermal energy storage." International Journal of Energy Research. Vol. 38(2), pp. 151-161.

Full list of Wesley Cole publications (NREL)