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Ran Fu

Researcher IV-Economic/Financial Analysis

Ran.Fu@nrel.gov | 303-384-7522

Ran Fu is a member of the Techno-Economic Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Areas of Expertise

Technology, policy, and economic analysis for public- and private-sector’s R&D and investment decisions
Innovation commercialization for cleantech startups in incubators
Cleantech manufacturing competitiveness analysis

Research Interests

Renewable energy system cost modeling for solar, wind, and battery storage
Project-level and corporate-level cost of capital modeling
Regional and national policy impact visualization
US, China, and EU cleantech market analysis

Education

M.S., Civil Engineering, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 2010
B.S., Civil Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, China, 2008

Prior Work Experience

Project Engineer, Array Technologies. Inc., Albuquerque, NM (20102013)

Featured Publications

Ran Fu, Donald Chung, Travis Lowder, David Feldman, Kristen Ardani, and Robert Margolis. 2016. U.S. Solar Photovoltaic System Cost Benchmark: Q1 2016. Report presentation. Report data file. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-66532.

Fu, Ran, Ted James, Donald Chung, Douglas Gagne, Anthony Lopez, and Aron Dobos. "Economic Competitiveness of U.S. Utility-Scale Photovoltaics Systems in 2015: Regional Cost Modeling of Installed Cost ($/W) and LCOE ($/kWh)." Paper presented at the 2015 IEEE 42nd Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 2015.

Feldman, David, Galen Barbose, Robert Margolis, Mark Bolinger, Donald Chung, Ran Fu, Joachim Seel, Carolyn Davidson, Naïm Darghouth, and Ryan Wiser. 2015. Photovoltaic System Pricing Trends: Historical, Recent, and Near-Term Projections, 2015 Edition. Sunshot, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/PR-6A20-64898.

Chung, Donald, Carolyn Davidson, Ran Fu, Kristen Ardani, and Robert Margolis. 2015. U.S. Photovoltaic Prices and Cost Breakdowns: Q1 2015 Benchmarks for Residential, Commercial, and Utility-Scale Systems.. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-64746

Powell, D.M., R. Fu, K. Horowitz, P.A. Basore, M. Woodhouse, and T. Buonassisi. "The capital intensity of photovoltaics manufacturing: barrier to scale and opportunity for innovation." Energy Environment Science. Published online 07 Sep 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C5EE01509J

Fu, R., T.L. James, and M. Woodhouse. "Economic Measurements of Polysilicon for the Photovoltaic Industry: Market Competition and Manufacturing Competitiveness." IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics 5, no. 2 (March 2015): 515–24. NREL/JA-6A20-61384. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/JPHOTOV.2014.2388076. 2156-3381 © 2014 IEEE. Personal use is permitted, but republication/redistribution requires IEEE permission.

Davidson, C., T.L. James, R. Margolis, R. Fu, and D. Feldman. 2014. U.S. Residential Photovoltaic (PV) System Prices, Q4 2013 Benchmarks: Cash Purchase, Fair Market Value, and Prepaid Lease Transaction Prices. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-62671.

Feldman, D., G. Barbose, R. Margolis, T. James, S. Weaver, N. Darghouth, R. Fu, C. Davidson, S. Booth, and R. Wiser. 2014). Photovoltaic System Pricing Trends: Historical, Recent, and Near-Term Projections. 2014 Edition (Presentation). Sunshot, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/PR-6A20-62558.

Full list of Ran Fu publications (NREL).