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Energy Analysis Research

Building on a foundation of robust data and innovative models, NREL uses its energy analysis capabilities and expertise to prepare credible, objective analyses that inform policy and investment decisions as renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies move from innovation through integration.

Illustration of NREL energy analysis research, including impact, sustainability, technoeconomic, geospatial, and complex systems analysis.

Complex Systems Analysis

Complex systems analysis integrates all aspects of our capability set to develop future energy system scenarios and analyze for cost, operability, and sustainability.

Impact Analysis

We perform impact analysis to evaluate and understand the impact of markets, policies, and financing on technology uptake and the impact of new technologies on markets and policy frameworks.

Sustainability Analysis

Our sustainability analysis considers future energy scenarios’ implications on resource availability, emissions, air quality, land, and water use.

Techno-Economic Analysis

In techno-economic analyses, we conduct full life-cycle and supply-chain analysis of energy technologies to identify key R&D directions and competitiveness opportunities.

Geospatial Data Sciences

We develop and maintain maps and geospatial tools that provide renewable resource distribution information and renewable energy production potential for researchers and decision makers.