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Technology and Performance Analysis Tools

Use these technology and performance analysis models and tools developed or supported by NREL to assess, analyze, and optimize renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies for your project.

Many of these tools can be applied on a global, regional, local, or project basis. NREL models and tools include several designed for the consumer or energy professional.

Biomass Scenario Model (BSM)

Determine which supply chain changes would have the greatest potential to accelerate the deployment of biofuels.

Building Life-Cycle Cost (BLCC)

Analyze capital investments in buildings. Includes the Energy Escalation Rate Calculator 2.0-15.

Distributed Generation Market Demand (dGen) Model

Simulate the potential adoption of distributed energy resources through 2050. Replaces the deprecated Solar Deployment System (SolarDS) model.

EnergyPlus Simulation Program

Helps building designers and owners save money, reduce energy use, and improve indoor air quality.

Geothermal Prospector

Designed to provide easy access to geothermal resource datasets and other data relevant to utility-scale geothermal power projects.


Estimates the electricity production of a grid-connected roof- or ground-mounted photovoltaic system based on a few simple inputs.

Scenario Evaluation, Regionalization and Analysis (SERA)

Determine optimal production and delivery scenarios for hydrogen, with this geospatial and temporal infrastructure analysis model.

Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessment (SWERA) Model

Use NREL's geospatial toolkit to visualize solar and wind resource data in 13 developing countries.

Transportation Data, Models and Tools

Details on several resources that NREL maintains for supporting vehicle and transportation analysis.