The discovery, design and operation of modern energy systems requires systematic decision-making techniques for the often-competing goals of maximizing profits, minimizing costs and addressing market and policy drivers while also meeting environmental and technical constraints. NETL’s strategic systems analysis and engineering (SSAE) researchers strive to address these challenges by developing advanced models that combine a wide variety of research disciplines — tools that are providing critical information to help meet clean energy goals of calling for net-zero carbon emissions in the electricity sector by 2035 and economy-wide net-zero emissions by 2050.
Throughout 2021, SSAE research resulted in several notable accomplishments, including updates to open-source systems that optimize the nation’s power plant operations in pursuit of a clean energy sector, along with several recognitions awarded to members of various research teams for their work.
A sampling of the SSAE successes follows.
By combining the fundamental disciplines of mathematics, economics, finance, operations research, chemical engineering, and computer science with other fields of research, SSAE researchers work to develop the models and methodologies to overcome the nation’s greatest energy and economic challenges while also striving for environmental sustainability.
Additional NETL achievements and success stories throughout the year can be accessed here. For more information about activities and projects undertaken by SSAE researchers, check out the SSAE Newsletter, a monthly publication.
NETL is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory that drives innovation and delivers technological solutions for an environmentally sustainable and prosperous energy future. By leveraging its world-class talent and research facilities, NETL is ensuring affordable, abundant and reliable energy that drives a robust economy and national security, while developing technologies to manage carbon across the full life cycle, enabling environmental sustainability for all Americans.