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NREL Makes Key Appointments
Staffing for Distributed Energy and Tech Management Announced

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Golden, Colo., Feb. 28, 2001 - Two veterans of energy research have been named to newly created positions at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Jack Darnell was named Deputy Associate Director for NREL's recently reorganized Planning and Technology Management Division. Anthony Schaffhauser has been selected to become director of NREL's just-established Distributed Energy Resources Center.

Schaffhauser comes to NREL from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he served as director of the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program. Schaffhauser, who has 25 years experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy research and development, will assume his new responsibilities in early April.

The Distributed Energy Resources Center that Schaffhauser will lead at NREL is working to speed development of additional power supplies from relatively small, decentralized generating units located near the electricity customers they serve. The center is working on interconnectivity systems that enable electricity produced by a variety of sources to flow onto the power grid, renewable resource and environmental evaluation and hydrogen and natural gas systems.

Darnell arrives from Bechtel Corp., a global engineering firm and a partner in the NREL management team, with 28 years of experience in the energy field. Darnell brings engineering, program management, and project development experience to the NREL position, through his work within a variety of energy technologies, both nationally and internationally.

The Planning and Technology Management organization oversees long range planning and strategic investments, management of lab programs, technical assistance to international and domestic organizations, technology transfer and energy analysis.

NREL is a national laboratory managed by Midwest Research Institute, Battelle and Bechtel. The lab is a leading center for research into photovoltaics, wind energy, plant- and waste-derived fuels, power and chemicals, energy-efficient buildings, advanced vehicle design, alternative fuels use and renewable hydrogen production, storage and utilization.

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