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Advancing Renewable Energy 1: The Importance of Geospatial Modeling in Renewable Energy Potential

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group, Energy and Environment Specialty Group
Organizers: Donna Heimiller, Meghan Mooney, Haiku Sky
Chairs: Donna Heimiller


Renewable energy (RE) is the fastest growing sector of our country’s electricity portfolio, and has become a mainstream power source nationally and internationally, by utilities, businesses and individual homes. Unlike conventional fuel sources, RE data sources are more limited to development where and when the resource occurs; the characteristics of energy demand, energy distribution, and energy cost also change regionally and temporally. The significant spatiotemporal characterization of all of these factors makes the application of geospatial data science essential to understanding RE opportunities and development issues, incorporating physical, operational and social parameters that can impact development. These applications include high spatiotemporal resolution modeling of RE resource data, modeling how RE integrates into the existing electricity infrastructure and evolving grid systems at multiple scales, understanding factors that drive energy choices at individual homeowner to national scales, and understanding the impacts of changes in energy demand and availability due to changes in climate.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Geospatial Data Science Team is hosting a series of sessions focused on the role of geospatial data science, modeling, and visualization in advancing renewable energy futures. This session is the first in the series and will discuss how geospatial data science is being used to conduct research and modeling by NREL and other external collaborators in the renewable energy space.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Donna Heimiller National Renewable Energy Laboratory 5
Panelist Ben Sigrin National Renewable Energy Lab 15
Panelist Anthony Lopez National Renewable Energy Laboratory 15
Panelist Meghan Mooney NREL 15
Panelist David Abel 15

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