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Craig Turchi

Group Manager, Thermal Energy Science & Technologies

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Craig Turchi is the group manager for the Thermal Energy Science and Technologies Research Group. As part of NREL's Thermal Systems team, Craig helps to develop and assess heat-transfer fluids, thermal-storage systems, and power conversion and integrated system concepts.

Craig has contributed as task leader for the Concentrating Solar Power Program's Market Transformation activities, which includes technology-enabling issues such as solar resource assessment, cost estimation, land use, environmental impact, and grid integration and transmission.

He originally joined NREL in 1990 working in the Solar Industrial Program on the detoxification of hazardous waste with solar ultraviolet light. Craig returned to NREL in 2008 after spending 10 years as a principal investigator and program leader with ADA Technologies, a technology development company in Littleton, Colorado. While at ADA, Craig served as a principal investigator for projects with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Energy, Electric Power Research Institute, and several private companies.


Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University

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