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Energy Analysis Publications (July 2012)

August 7, 2012

NREL Report: Summary Report of the INL-JISEA Workshop on Nuclear Hybrid Energy Systems
Authors: Mark Antkowiak and Mark Ruth, NREL; Richard Boardman, Shannon Bragg-Sitton, Robert Cherry, and Lee Shunn, Idaho National Laboratory
This report summarizes an international workshop that The Institute for Nuclear Energy Science and Technology (INEST) and the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) co-sponsored to identify research topics important in advancing the potential use of hybrid systems with a specific focus on nuclear-renewable hybrid systems.


Journal Article: Life Cycle Assessment of Gasoline and Diesel Produced Via Fast Pyrolysis and Hydroprocessing
Author: David Hsu, NREL
This work describes a life cycle assessment (LCA) of the production of gasoline and diesel from forest residues via fast pyrolysis and hydroprocessing, from production of the feedstock to end use of the fuel in a vehicle.


NREL Report: Comparison of Capacity Value Methods for Photovoltaics in the Western United States
Authors: Seyed Hossein Madaeni and Ramteen Sioshansi, The Ohio State University; Paul Denholm, NREL
This report compares different capacity value estimation techniques applied to solar PV; it compares more robust data and computationally intense reliability-based capacity valuation techniques to simpler approximation techniques at 14 different locations in the western United States and examines the effects of different PV configurations on the capacity value.


Technical Report: Meeting Renewable Energy Targets in the West at Least Cost: The Integration Challenge
Authors: Kevin Porter, Christina Mudd, Sari Fink, and Jennifer Rogers, Exeter Associates; Lori Bird, NREL; Lisa Schwartz, Mike Hogan, and Dave Lamont, Regulatory Assistance Project; Brendan Kirby, Consultant
A new report for the Western Governors' Association explores ways to reduce costs to the region's electricity consumers for integrating wind and solar resources, identifies barriers to adopting these measures, and recommends possible state actions to overcome these challenges.


A Guide to Community Shared Solar: Utility, Private, and Nonprofit Project Development
This updated how-to guide describes how multiple individuals can enjoy the benefits of a single solar installation.


Fact Sheet: Increasing Community Access to Solar: Designing and Developing a Shared Solar Photovoltaic System
Author: Molly Riddell, NREL
This document provides a high-level summary of DOE's new A Guide to Community Shared Solar: Utility, Private, and Nonprofit Project Development.


The Solarize Guidebook: A Community Guide to Collective Purchasing of Residential PV Systems
This updated how-to guide details how community members can seize volume discounts through collective solar purchasing.


Fact Sheet: Powering Your Community With Solar: Overcoming Market and Implementation Barriers
Author: Molly Riddell, NREL
This document provides a high-level summary of DOE's new Solarize Guidebook: A Community Guide to Collective Purchasing of Residential PV Systems.


Brochure: Funding Solar Projects at Federal Agencies: Mechanisms and Selection Criteria
Authors: Blaise Stoltenberg and Bethany Speer, NREL
This how-to guide provides practical guidance on the process of implementing solar energy projects at federal facilities and includes case studies that provide insight into how much some federal agencies spent—and saved—on their solar projects.


Fact Sheet: SunShot Vision Study: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Potential for U.S. Solar Electricity Generation
The SunShot Vision Study provides a comprehensive assessment of the potential for solar technologies to meet a significant share of electricity demand in the United States during the next several decades.

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