NREL Study Series on Electrification Sheds Light on Economic, Environmental, and Other Factors for Industries and Technologies

NREL Study Series on Electrification Sheds Light on Economic, Environmental, and Other Factors for Industries and Technologies

Electricity generation impacts development opportunities and capacities for industries, communities, households, and individuals. Exploring future scenarios helps determine best practices moving forward.

A variety of resources are crucial in supporting functioning communities. Electricity, heat, and other components are intricately linked to support industries, businesses, and households. In order to more efficiently meet increasing demand and minimize various risks and challenges associated with growth, detailed analyses become part of planning for infrastructure and other development.

Beyond these types of studies and other resources, Team Gemini studies success cases demonstrating sustainable industry and community models. To support spreading these models everywhere, and beyond providing safeguarded energy, Team Gemini provides industry-leading technology options for communities and resource-intensive businesses.

The aim is to build a modern utilities infrastructure that supports a Triple Bottom Line and can apply to rural as well as urban environments. Team Gemini project developments cover critical community resources like electricity, thermal energy, water, waste remediation, and more.

To support growth in sustainable utilities and proliferation of electricity, a new series is being launched by NREL that will outline critical questions and details for decision-makers:

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is spearheading the Electrification Futures Study, a research collaboration to explore the impacts of widespread electrification in all U.S. economic sectors—commercial and residential buildings, transportation, and industry.

Over the next two years, NREL and its research partners […] will use a suite of modeling tools to develop and assess electrification scenarios designed to answer the following questions:

  • What end-use electric technologies are available for the highest energy-consuming services today, and how might the technologies advance over time?
  • How might widespread electrification impact national and regional electricity demand and consumption patterns?
  • How would the U.S. electricity system need to transform to meet changes in demand from an electrified economy?
  • What role might demand-side flexibility play to support reliable operations of a clean electricity grid?
  • What are potential costs, benefits, and impacts of mass electrification?

NREL has just released the first in the series of reports under the study, Electrification Futures Study: End-Use Electric Technology Cost and Performance Projections through 2050.

This report uses a combination of recently published literature and expert assessment to develop future cost and performance projections for end-use electric technologies, including light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles, and residential and commercial heat pumps.

Specific to Team Gemini’s offerings in supplying these resources, team members like 2G Energy (combined heat and power), Viessmann (thermal energy and more), ABB (microgrids and resource management and monitoring), and A3 (wastewater treatment and water conservation) contribute effective solutions. Benefits of anaerobic digestion and CHP technologies include being able to store biogas until energy resources are needed. And one can still implement battery storage and other options to manage additional resources as well.

Beyond these, sustainable agriculture also comes into play, as food resources are critical for survival. Last but not least, the generation of bioproducts helps offset harmful effects of waste, turning a variety of feedstock into economic byproducts that can be applied for the benefit of the community—such as renewable energy, compost and fertilizer, biofuels, and more. These companies, among others, provide outstanding technology and service options to fulfill a variety of energy efficiency needs for countless industries.

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