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Adam Warren

Director - Integrated Applications Center

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Dr. Adam Warren is the Director of the Integrated Applications Center.  His center addresses the technical, policy, and financial hurdles to developing resiliency, efficiency, and renewable energy technologies at scale. Lessons from today’s marketplace inform the direction of future technology and policy research at NREL. 

Adam is an Adjunct Professor at the Colorado School of Mines where he teaches Introduction to Energy as part of the Energy Minor Program.

Prior to joining NREL, Adam supported PepsiCo’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water use in their Frito-Lay manufacturing facilities. 

Research Interests

Energy Water Nexus

Energy Resiliency

Island Power Systems

Department of Defense Energy Initiatives


Ph.D, Chemical Engineering,  McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

B.S., Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Featured Publications

Low Carbon Desalination: Status and Research, Development, and Demonstration Needs. Report of a workshop conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in association with the Global Clean Water Desalination Alliance, November 2016. 

U.S. Virgin Islands Wind Resources Update 2014.
 NREL Technical Report, 2014

Wind Power Opportunities in St. Thomas, USVI: A Site-Specific Evaluation and Analysis. NREL Technical Report, 2012 

U.S. Virgin Islands Energy Road Map: Analysis. NREL Technical Report, 2011 

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