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Daniel Bernal


Personal Profile

Daniel Bernal is a research engineer with the Modeling & Analysis group in the Accelerated Deployment and Decision Support Center. His passion for the environment grew during the years he crossed the “Bridge of the Americas,” which has notoriously been polluted and murky, with his mother almost every day so he could attend school and his mother could go to work. His work at NREL focuses on decarbonizing industrial processes by providing technical assistance for onsite renewable energy integration for a variety of industrial facilities across many subsectors, such as glass, aluminum, cement, food and beverage, and incorporating diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility into education and workforce development at industrial sites. Apart from the industrial space, he is working on providing technical assistance to Honduras to electrify schools in remote, rural areas.  

Research Interests

Industrial decarbonization

Techno-economic analysis

Decision tool development

Life cycle assessment

International projects

Education/Academic Qualification

Bachelor, Sustainability Science, Furman University

Master, Industrial Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso