Galen Maclaurin

Galen Maclaurin


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Personal Profile

Galen Maclaurin is the group manager of the Geospatial Data Science Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

His research focuses on techno-economic assessment and potential generation capacity of renewable energy technologies at national and continental scales. He leads a geospatial modeling team that develops scalable, innovative methods for understanding the barriers and opportunities for deployment of utility-scale solar and wind plants from a cost-performance perspective. 

Research Interests

Geospatial examination of land use, ecological, and social acceptance considerations for renewable energy deployment

Uncertainty in meso-scale renewable energy resource data

Opportunities for deployment driven by technology innovation and cost reductions

Interplay between policy, land ownership, and energy markets in the viability of wind, solar, and transmission projects

Wind and solar resource assessment

System performance and financial modeling

Predictive modeling and remote-sensing image analysis

Scientific programming and high-performance computing

Professional Experience

Group Manager, NREL (2015–Present)

Lecturer and Graduate Faculty, University of Colorado Denver (2016–2018)

Research Assistant, National Center for Atmospheric Research (2013–2015)

Graduate Instructor and Research Assistant, University of Colorado Boulder (2008–2010)

Education/Academic Qualification

Bachelor, Geography and Spanish, University of Colorado

PhD, Geography, University of Colorado Boulder

Master, Geography, University of Colorado Boulder


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