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Energy Analysis and Tools

NREL offers energy analysis tools, models, and other resources for researchers, developers, investors, and others interested in the viability, analysis, and development of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and systems. Learn about NREL's hydrogen and fuel cell system analysis projects.

ADOPT: Automotive Deployment Options Projection Tool

Modeling tool that predicts consumer demand for different vehicle types based on income distribution and other demographic attributes in a given region. Available soon for public download.

Alternative Fuels Data Center Tools 

Collection of tools—calculators, interactive maps, and data searches—that can help fleets, fuel providers, and other transportation decision-makers reduce petroleum use.

FASTSim: Future Automotive Systems Technology Simulator 

Simulation tool that provides fuel economy, performance, battery life, and cost calculations for different vehicle design and usage scenarios.

FCPower: Fuel Cell Power Model 

Financial modeling tool for analyzing high-temperature, fuel cell-based tri-generation systems.

Fleet DNA: Vehicle Drive Cycle Analysis 

Clearinghouse of medium- and heavy-duty commercial fleet transportation data for optimizing the design of advanced vehicle technologies or for selecting a technology to invest in.

Fuel Cell System Contaminants Material Selector Tool 

Interactive material selector tool to help fuel cell developers and material suppliers explore the results of fuel cell system contaminants studies.

H2A: Hydrogen Analysis Models 

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.

HyDRA: Hydrogen Demand and Resource Analysis 

Web-based GIS tool that provides access to hydrogen demand, resource, infrastructure, cost, production, and distribution data.

H2FAST: Hydrogen Financial Analysis Scenario Tool 

Available as an interactive online tool or a downloadable Excel spreadsheet, this modeling tool provides a quick and convenient in-depth financial analysis for hydrogen fueling stations.

Hydrogen Storage Models 

Hydrogen storage models developed as part of the Hydrogen Storage Engineering Center of Excellence, which addresses the engineering challenges associated with developing lower-pressure, materials-based, hydrogen storage systems for hydrogen fuel cell and internal combustion engine light-duty vehicles.

National Fuel Cell Technology Evaluation Center 

Off-network data center used for the secure management, storage, and processing of proprietary data from industry.

Open EI: Open Energy Information—Hydrogen 

Knowledge-sharing wiki that provides access to energy-related information, data, and applications.

SERA: Scenario Evaluation, Regionalization, and Analysis Model 

Infrastructure analysis model used for determining optimal production and delivery scenarios for hydrogen, given resource availability and technology cost.

Transportation Secure Data Center 

Repository of detailed travel data—including demographic information and second-by-second speed profiles—from various surveys and studies. The TSDC makes these data available to support research projects while protecting individual participant privacy.

Other NREL Analysis Tools

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