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Mark Ruth

Principal Project Lead and Engineer | 303-384-6874

Mark Ruth is the Project Leader of the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Areas of Expertise

Energy systems and their simulation
Biomass processing to fuels and chemicals
Hydrogen production and delivery
Transportation issues

Research Interests

Mark's key focus is to develop a tool to analyze energy systems integration (ESI) concepts at the distribution level. The tool development will focus on retail market structures and how energy producers and users will interact with those markets. The intent is to understand how market structures and technology penetration will affect energy use by retail and commercial consumers. The model will include technology integration and innovation options and be linked to the cyber/physical model layers being developed within ESI/PSEC.


B.S. in chemical engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 1993

Prior Work Experience

Hydrogen Program Integrator, NREL Systems Engineering and Program Integration Office (October 2008November 2013)
Interim Biomass Program Integrator, NREL Systems Engineering and Program Integration (March 2010October 2010)
Senior Engineer II, NREL Systems Integration (January 2008October 2008)
Senior Engineer I Macro-System Model, NREL Systems Integration (January 2005January 2008)
Process Engineer I, NREL Biomass Center (June 1993January 2005)

Other Affiliations

American Institute of Chemical Engineering

Featured Publications

Bragg-Sitton, S.M., R. Boardman, M. Ruth, O. Zinaman, and C. Forsberg. "Rethinking the Future Grid: Integrated Nuclear Renewable Energy Systems: Preprint.PDF" Paper presented at the 9th Nuclear Plants Current Issues Symposium: Moving Forward, Charlotte, NC, December 2014. NREL/CP-6A20-63207.

Ruth, M.F., O.R. Zinaman, M. Antkowiak, R.D. Boardman, R.S. Cherry, and M.D. Bazilian. "Nuclear-Renewable Hybrid Energy Systems: Opportunities, Interconnections, and Needs." Energy Conversion and Management 78 (February 2014): 684-94. NREL/JA-6A50-58087. doi:10.1016/j.enconman.2013.11.030

Timbario, T.A., T.J. Timbario, M.J. Laffen, and M.F. Ruth. 2011. "Methodology for Calculating Cost-Per-Mile for Current and Future Vehicle Powertrain Technologies, with Projections to 2024PDF." Paper presented at Society of Automotive Engineers 2011 World Congress & Exhibition, Advanced Fuel Cell Vehicle Applications, Warrendale, PA, 2011. Paper No. 2011-01-1345. NREL/CP-6A10-52454. doi:10.4271/2011-01-1345.

Ruth, M., T. Mai, E. Newes, A. Aden, E. Warner, C. Uriarte, D. Inman, T. Simpkins, and A. Argo. 2013. Transportation Energy Futures Series: Projected Biomass Utilization for Fuels and Power in a Mature MarketPDF. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-53336; DOE/GO-102013-3707.

Ruth, M., M. Laffen, and T.A. Timbario. 2009. Hydrogen Pathways: Cost, Well-to-Wheels Energy Use, and Emissions for the Current Technology Status of Seven Hydrogen Production, Delivery, and Distribution ScenariosPDF. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A1-46612.

Aden, A., M. Ruth, K. Ibsen, J. Jechura, K. Neeves, J. Sheehan, B. Wallace, L. Montague, A. Slayton, and J. Lukas. 2002. Lignocellulosic Biomass to Ethanol Process Design and Economics Utilizing Co-Current Dilute Acid Prehydrolysis and Enzymatic Hydrolysis for Corn StoverPDF. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-510-32438.

Full list of Mark Ruth publications (NREL).