Research Roadmap for Cost and Technology Breakthroughs for Renewable Energy Generation

Crafting a research roadmap for advancing renewable energy generation technologies

Energetics Incorporated

Recipient

Columbia, MD

Recipient Location

beenhere

$331,693

Amount Spent

closed

Completed

Project Status

Project Result

Through a literature review, expert interviews and surveys, and multiple expert and public webinars, the roadmapping project produced both a Technical Assessment and Research Roadmap. While the Technical Assessment focused on the current state of renewable energy resources and research efforts in both California and nationally, the research roadmap pinpoints recommended initiatives which fill current technology gaps. The roadmap includes 17 recommended initiatives, with supporting background information including generation trends, resource assessment, cost and performance metrics, and technology area considerations. Two research initiatives are recommended for the following technologies: solar PV, concentrated solar power, land-based wind, geothermal, bioenergy, grid integration, and energy storage. The team recommended three research initiatives for offshore wind energy.

The Issue

This research roadmap initiative arose from the need to help achieve California's forward-leaning goals for ramping up the generation of renewable power and reducing emissions of greenhouse gases contributing to global climate change. The development of a roadmap for strategic investment in renewable energy RDD&D through the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC Program) helps prioritize needed scientific and technological advancements, set appropriate technology development milestones, leverage available resources to accelerate the delivery of effective products and practices, and encourage uptake of these technologies to attain state energy and environmental goals.

Project Innovation

This project aims to develop a research roadmap to strategically frame research priorities, potential partnerships, and critical technology milestones to support EPIC portfolio decisions and accelerate progress toward more cost-competitive, flexible and reliable renewable energy generation, operation, and storage.

Project Goals

Identify research gaps in utility-scale renewable energy generation technologies in California.
Explore 9 renewable tech areas: solar (PV, CSP), wind (land, offshore), bio, geo, sm hydro, grid integ, energy storage.
Prioritize near, mid, and long-term RDD&D activities that address tech gaps and drive California towards SB-100 goals.
Prepare a Technical Assessment report and a Research Roadmap Report outlining recommended initiatives.
Identify cost and technology-specific challenges and determine solutions.

Project Benefits

This Research Roadmap aims to strategically frame research priorities, potential partnerships, and critical technology milestones to help inform EPIC research development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) portfolio decisions and accelerate progress toward more cost competitive, flexible and reliable renewable energy generation, operation, and storage. A roadmap is an effective tool for laying out RDD&D pathways. A robust roadmap considers a spectrum of technology complexity, the current state of the art, rapid expansion of scientific knowledge, competition for RDD&D funding, dynamic customer expectations, and the cost and risk of research.

Lower Costs

Affordability

Cost is a significant barrier to greater renewable energy penetration in the California grid. This Research Roadmap aims to strategically frame research priorities, potential partnerships, and critical technology milestones to he

Key Project Members

Project Member

Jonathan Rogers

Program Manager
Project Member

Energetics Team

Includes: CSE, DAV Energy, RECS, SPC and TSS
Sabine Brueske

Sabine Brueske

Program Director, Technical Analysis Program
Energetics

Subrecipients

Rocket

Solar Power Consulting

Match Partners

Rocket

Renewable Energy Consulting Services, Inc.

Rocket

Solar Power Consulting

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