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Guangdong Zhu is the group manager and a senior researcher in the Thermal Energy Systems Group within the Energy Conversion and Storage Systems Center at NREL. The Thermal Energy Systems Group is focused on innovative research and development on concentrating solar power technologies and hybrid thermal energy systems. Guangdong joined NREL as a senior researcher in 2010. His work focuses on solar collector characterization, geothermal power plant modeling and analysis, and renewable energy hybridization.

Guangdong has an extensive background in power generation systems, heat transfer processes, and fluid mechanics. He is also well versed in stress analysis, efficient computing, numerical modeling, and related experimental validation. He has written dozens of peer-reviewed papers, reports, and presentations in the areas of solar thermal power, geothermal power, multiphase flow, and power generation systems. 

Research Interests

Concentrating solar power

Geothermal technologies

Hybrid renewable energy systems

Professional Experience

Associate editor, ASME Journal of Energy Resources Technology (2020–present)

Executive committee member, ASME Advanced Energy Systems Division (2020–present)

Education/Academic Qualification

Bachelor, Thermal Engineering, Northeast China Institute of Electric Power Engineering

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico

Master, Thermal Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University


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