EPRI Launches Updated Technology Program for 2002

The research wing of the U.S. utility industry has launched a technology development program that covers such fields as grid reliability, global climate, clean coal, grid-connected hybrid electric vehicles, and electronic infrastructure security.

PALO ALTO, California, US, 2001-06-27 [SolarAccess.com] The research wing of the U.S. utility industry has launched a technology development program that covers such fields as grid reliability, global climate, clean coal, grid-connected hybrid electric vehicles, and electronic infrastructure security. The “Destinations 2002” program of the Electric Power Research Institute includes research on power generation, power delivery, utilization, environment and distributed resources. “EPRI’s portfolio includes technology development and market tools, off-the shelf products and application services and training,” says vice president Mark Gabriel. “Customers choose what works for them: real-time application service assistance, problem solving guidebooks, market information, needed technical fixes, scientific knowledge to support a regulatory requirement, or a full-scale development effort.” One of the projects to be completed by next year is a ‘Renewable Technology Options & Green Power Marketing program ‘ that will provide information on the status, performance and cost of renewable generating technologies, as well as green power markets. The program is designed to support projects that address field verification in wind, solar photovoltaics, solar thermal, biomass, geothermal, low-impact hydro, and other renewables technologies. “The principal drivers for developing and deploying renewable generation include state-mandated programs, customer preference, environmental regulations, the emerging electricity supply-demand crunch in the Western states, and the continuing rapid improvements in cost and performance of renewable generation technologies,” says a summary document. “EPRI market research and national public opinion studies consistently show that many electricity consumers strongly prefer power from green sources and are willing to pay premium prices for it. State and federal agencies are looking to implement renewable portfolio standards that would mandate minimum penetration of renewables in the generation mix. Energy service companies need up-to-date technical and relevant market information as they develop strategies to participate in state public good programs in a deregulated marketplace.” The program will feature technology-specific project sets, to enable participants to focus on technologies of special interest. Among the deliverables are research on ‘Renewable Energy Technical Assessment Guide’, ‘Selecting, Designing, and Installing Cost-Effective PV Systems’, ‘Rooftop and Building-Integrated Photovoltaic Distributed Generation Systems’, ‘Field Verification of Distributed Renewable Energy Generation’, ‘Field Verification of Wind Turbine Performance’, ‘Market Research Supporting Green Power Products’, ‘Field Verification of Biomass Cofiring with Coal or Natural Gas’, ‘Assessment of Emerging Low-Impact Hydro Generation Technologies’, ‘Renewable Energy Technical Services’, ‘Wind Turbine Productivity Improvement and Procurement Guideline Applications’, ‘Field Verification of Rooftop Solar and Building-Integrated PV Power’, ‘ Wind Energy Forecasting Applications’, ‘ Advanced Wind Turbine Development’ and ‘Avian Warning System for Wind Turbines.’
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