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Chad Hunter

Researcher III-Decision Support Analysis

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A systems analyst in NREL’s Center for Integrated Mobility Sciences, Chad Hunter leads the transportation energy storage and hydrogen systems analysis team. His expertise ranges from economic and emissions analysis of on-road transportation technologies—electric scooters, passenger vehicles, and heavy-duty trucks—to developing product-based sustainability strategies and improving the operational efficiency of manufacturing plants. At Bird, he developed a life-cycle emissions model and laid the foundation for a data-driven road map to reduce scooter emissions. At ExxonMobil, he identified and implemented multiple energy-reduction strategies resulting in annual savings of about $1.3 million. 

Research Interests

Energy storage

Hydrogen and fuel cells

Hydrogen systems analysis

Sustainable mobility

Transportation research


M.B.A., Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder

M.S., Chemical Engineering Practice, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Rochester

Professional Experience

Transportation Systems Analyst and Team Lead, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (2017–Present)

Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow, Bird (2019)

Engineer and Analyst, ExxonMobil Corporation (2013–2017)

Engineering Consultant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Practice School Program, BP plc and Novartis (2013)

Research Engineer Cooperative, Battery and Fuel Cells Division, General Motors (2012)

Featured Work

Economic Analysis of a High-Pressure Urban Pipeline Concept for Delivering Hydrogen to Retail Fueling Stations, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment (2019)

Scenario Evaluation and Regionalization Analysis Model: Demand Side and Refueling Infrastructure Buildout, NREL Technical Report (2019)

Modeling Hydrogen Refueling Infrastructure to Support Passenger Vehicles, Energies (2018)

View all NREL publications for Chad Hunter.