Paul Denholm

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Personal Profile

Paul Denholm is a senior research fellow—the highest technical position at NREL—leading research in grid applications for energy storage and solar energy. He pioneered a variety of research methods for understanding the technical, economic, and environmental benefits and impacts of the large-scale deployment of renewable electricity generation. He has delivered more than 100 invited presentations to agencies including the National Science Foundation, the World Bank, and the International Energy Agency. He has co-authored more than 100 articles related to renewable energy integration. Although his official title is principal analyst, he is still an engineer at heart, and in his free time he likes to build contraptions of dubious functionality, such as a concentrating solar marshmallow cooker.

Research Interests

Effects of large-scale renewable energy deployment in electric power systems

Role of grid flexibility in integrating renewable energy, including energy storage, demand response, and efficient market design

Professional Experience

Electrical Engineer, Bardac Drives Corp. (1995–1999)

Education/Academic Qualification

Bachelor, Physics, James Madison University

Master, Instrumentation Physics, University of Utah

PhD, Land Resources/Energy Analysis and Policy, University of Wisconsin-Madison


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