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Adam Warren

Director - Accelerated Deployment and Decision Support Center


Adam Warren is the director of the Accelerated Deployment and Decision Support (ADDS) center within the Energy Systems Integration directorate at NREL. ADDS focuses on the later stages of research, development, demonstration, and deployment. His team addresses the technical, policy, and financial hurdles to developing resilient, advanced energy technologies at scale. The center supports government agencies, utilities, communities, and corporations to meet ambitious clean energy goals while informing the direction of research and analysis at NREL.

Adam is the co-director of the Colorado School of Mines Advanced Energy Systems graduate program. This interdisciplinary program prepares researchers at the doctoral level and energy professionals at the master's level to address the full complexity of the accelerating energy transition.

Prior to joining NREL, Adam supported PepsiCo's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water use in their Frito-Lay manufacturing facilities.

Research Interests

Strategic planning and techno-economic analysis

Resilience of integrated energy systems

Accelerated technology adoption and commercialization

Decarbonization beyond the power sector

Energy and environmental justice


Ph.D, Chemical Engineering, McMaster University

B.S., Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University

Featured Work

North Carolina Water Utility Builds Resilience with Distributed Energy Resources, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) (2022)

Looking Beyond Bill Savings to Equity in Renewable Energy Microgrid Deployment, Renewable Energy Focus (2022)

Financing Clean Energy: Unprecedented Momentum and Opportunity, Financier Worldwide (2021)

Microgrid Resilience: A Holistic Approach for Assessing Threats, Identifying Vulnerabilities, and Designing Corresponding Mitigation StrategiesElectrical Engineering and Systems Science (2019)

Floating Photovoltaic Systems: Assessing the Technical Potential of Photovoltaic Systems on Man-Made Water Bodies in the Continental United StatesEnvironmental Science & Technology (2018)

Low Carbon Desalination: Status and Research, Development, and Demonstration Needs, Workshop conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in association with the Global Clean Water Desalination Alliance (2016)