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Bethany joined NREL in 2010. Her research focuses on connected building loads, residential HVAC equipment, heat pump water heaters, automated home energy management devices, and whole-house performance field testing. She supported the design and build-out of the Systems Performance Laboratory in the Energy Systems Integration Facility, which provides a test bed for evaluating home energy management systems, demand response strategies, distributed energy resources, smart appliances, and other innovative sensors and controllers.

Education

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University

B.S., Physics and Mathematics, University of Puget Sound

Featured Publications

Laboratory Resources and Techniques to Evaluate Smart Home Technology, Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings (2018)

Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulations for Smart Grid Impact Studies, IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting (2018)

A Net Zero Energy Home Grows Up: Lessons and Puzzles from Ten Years of Data, Home Energy Magazine (2017)

Laboratory Performance Evaluation of Residential Integrated Heat Pump Water Heaters, NREL Technical Report (2014)

View all NREL publications for Bethany Sparn.