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Advanced Analysis Software Key to New, Energy-Efficient Technologies

Leveraging Scientific and Engineering Know-How to Advance Sources of Renewable Energy

Argonne National Laboratory

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	1. Using the analytical software, experts have made flow recommendations at the Flaming Gorge Dam that promote the recovery of three endangered species of fish</p>

1. Using the analytical software, experts have made flow recommendations at the Flaming Gorge Dam that promote the recovery of three endangered species of fish

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	2. Wind turbines like this one harness a plentiful natural resource&mdash;wind&mdash;and help generate electricity for use in homes and businesses.</p>

2. Wind turbines like this one harness a plentiful natural resource—wind—and help generate electricity for use in homes and businesses.

Technology Marketing Summary

Supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, other federal agencies, and industry sponsors, Argonne is providing broad-based scientific and engineering expertise to create analytical software tools that will enable the United States to make substantive enhancements in energy efficiency and serve the growing demand for renewable energy.

Description

Hydropower

To support DOE’s goal of increasing generation from existing hydropower facilities, Argonne is leading the development of an integrated modeling and simulation toolkit dealing with water forecasting, reservoir and power supply modeling, stream flow routing, and hydropower unit performance metrics. The toolkit will enable the optimization of hydropower operations and environmental performance and improve the ability of plant operators to manage the risk of hydrological uncertainty.  Argonne is leading a multi-laboratory project team that includes Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia National Laboratories.

Wind Power Forecasting and System Integration

Key challenges in meeting DOE’s target of 20% wind power by 2030 are the need for enhanced wind forecasting and better integration of wind plants into power system operation.  To meet these challenges, Argonne is developing new unit commitment models that account for wind uncertainty, as well as leading an international team developing improved methodologies for short-term wind forecasting.

Building Efficiency

Buildings use more energy than any other sector of the U.S. economy, consuming over 70% of electricity and over 50% of natural gas. Argonne’s research team is working to deliver important new technologies to the market that will help reduce energy use and make new and existing buildings more energy efficient.

Benefits

Industrial

  • Enables informed decisions about optimizing operations, reducing costs, managing operational and environmental risks, and increasing capacity in hydropower plants and elsewhere.
  • Drives the use of energy-efficient technologies in new and existing commercial buildings.

Environmental

  • Effects changes in hydropower plant operations that enhance the ecosystem.
  • Aids in the recovery of endangered species.
  • Allows higher levels of renewable capacity in the power system.
  • Reduces the use of fossil fuels and related environmental emissions.
Applications and Industries
  • Electric utilities with hydropower generation
  • Marine and freshwater resources
  • Wind power plants
  • Oil and gas
  • Commercial building construction and renovation
  • Meteorological and forecasting organizations
Technology Status
Development StageAvailabilityPublishedLast Updated
Development - ENPEP-BALANCE model for overall energy analysis has been developed and is used in many countries around the world. GTMax model for the optimization of power system operation has been developed and is in use both in the United States and abroad. EMCAS model for the analysis of competitive electricity markets has been developed and is in use both in the United States and abroad. COBAM model for agent-based simulation of commercial buildings is under development The hydropower toolkit is in the early stages of implementation. Available - This technology is available for license. Please contact Argonne for licensing information. In addition: • ENPEP-BALANCE is available to users free of charge. • GTMax is distributed under license agreement. • EMCAS is distributed under license agreement. • The hydropower toolkit will be available to plant operators when completed. 04/05/201104/05/2011

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