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Adam Warren

Director - Integrated Applications Center


Adam Warren is the director of the Integrated Applications Center (IAC) within the Energy Systems Integration directorate. IAC leads research addressing the technical, policy, and financial hurdles to developing resilient, advanced energy technologies at scale. His team helps government agencies, utilities, communities, and corporations 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 tomorrow's infrastructure, economic, and environmental challenges.

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


Ph.D, Chemical Engineering, McMaster University

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

Featured Work

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)

U.S. Virgin Islands Wind Resources Update 2014, NREL Technical Report (2014)

Wind Power Opportunities in St. Thomas, USVI: A Site-Specific Evaluation and Analysis, NREL Technical Report (2012) 

U.S. Virgin Islands Energy Road Map: Analysis, NREL Technical Report (2011) 

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