America's Energy Future: Electricity from Renewables: Technology Opportunities, Risks, and Tradeoffs

This panel will examine the technical potential for electric power generation with alternative sources such as wind, solar-photovoltaic, geothermal, solar-thermal, hydroelectric, and other renewable sources. The panel will also consider the broader energy applications of renewables, especially low-temperature solar applications that may reduce electricity demands. The panel will evaluate technologies based on their estimated times to initial commercial deployment and will provide the following information for each: " Initial deployment times < 10 years: costs, performance, and impacts " 10 to 25 years: barriers, implications for costs, and R&amp;D challenges/needs " > 25 years: barriers and R&amp;D challenges/needs, especially basic research needs. The primary focus of the study will be on the quantitative characterization of technologies with initial deployment times < 10 years. Thus, the panel will focus on those renewable sources that show the most promise for initial commercial development within a decade leading to substantial impact on the U.S. energy system as well as consider the potential use of such technologies globally. In keeping with the charge to the overall scope of the America's Energy Future Study Committee, the panel will not recommend policy choices, but will assess the state of development of technologies. In addition to a principal focus on renewable energy technologies for power generation, the panel will address the challenges of incorporating such technologies into the power grid as well as the potential of improvements in the national electricity grid that could enable better and more extensive utilization of wind, solar-thermal, solar photovoltaics, and other renewable technologies.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Kavil Foundation


    Department of Energy

    Office of Transportation Systems
    Washington, DC  United States  20585

    Dow Chemical Company


    National Academy of Sciences

    500 5th Street, N.W.
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Holmes, John

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Board

    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Start Date: 20070700
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 19952

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01459730
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Academy of Sciences
  • Contract Numbers: DEPS-L-07-02-C
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:11PM