Elena has a B.S. degree in Energy Systems Engineering from Oregon State University. As part of her senior capstone design project, she analyzed iron flow battery technology to determine its viability for grid scale implementation in Portland General Electric’s service territory when compared to other energy storage technologies. Upon graduation, she worked for Portland General Electric as an Energy Efficiency Engineer, where she worked with industrial customers to implement energy saving measures. She also worked for a mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) design firm where she designed mechanical systems for mixed-use residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. Additionally, she collaborated with the Energy Trust of Oregon to conduct technical studies to identify and validate energy saving projects for commercial utility customers.
At NREL, Elena is conducting technoeconomic research on marine hydrokinetic systems (MHK). The purpose of her research is to expand NREL’s System Advisor Model (SAM) to include MHK technologies, which will provide SAM users with both performance and financial models.