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Ella Zhou

International Project Leader

Ella.Zhou@nrel.gov | 303-275-3293

Ella Zhou is a member of the Markets & Policy Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Areas of Expertise

Power system modeling
Integrating water and cooling system, energy storage, and demand response into grid simulation and optimization models
International energy policy and market analysis
Data analysis and statistical modeling

Research Interests

Grid integration of renewable energy
Low carbon strategies
Water-energy nexus

Education

M.A. in political science, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2011
B.A. in literature and law, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing, 2009
P.C. in energy innovation and emerging technologies, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 2014

Prior Work Experience

Senior Research Assistant, The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC (2011–2014)
Clean Energy Investment Consultant, Claro International, Boston, MA (2011)

Featured Publications

Blair, Nate, Ella Zhou, Dan Getman, and Douglas J. Arent. 2015. Electricity Capacity Expansion Modeling, Analysis, and Visualization: A Summary of High-Renewable Modeling ExperiencesPDF. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-64831.

Denholm, Paul, Jennie Jorgenson, Mackay Miller, Ella Zhou, and Caixia Wang. 2015. Methods for Analyzing the Economic Value of Concentrating Solar Power with Thermal Energy StoragePDF. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-64256.

Hurlbut, David, Ella Zhou, Kevin Porter, and Douglas J. Arent. 2015. 'Renewables-Friendly' Grid Development Strategies: Experience in the United States, Potential Lessons for ChinaPDF. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-64940.

Milligan, Michael, Bethany Frew, Ella Zhou, and Douglas J. Arent. 2015. Advancing System Flexibility for High Penetration Renewable IntegrationPDF. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-64864.

Stark, C., J. Pless, J. Logan, E. Zhou, and D.J. Arent. 2015. Renewable Electricity: Insights for the Coming DecadePDF. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A50-63604.

Full list of Ella Zhou publications (NREL).