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Title: The path to clean energy: direct coupling of nuclear and renewable technologies for thermal and electrical applications

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognizes the need to transform the energy infrastructure of the U.S. and elsewhere to systems that can significantly reduce environmental impacts in an efficient and economically viable manner while utilizing both clean energy generation sources and hydrocarbon resources. Thus, DOE is supporting research and development that could lead to more efficient utilization of clean nuclear and renewable energy generation sources. A concept being advanced by the DOE Offices of Nuclear Energy (NE) and Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is tighter coupling of nuclear and renewable energy sources in a manner that better optimizes energy use for the combined electricity, industrial manufacturing, and the transportation sectors. This integration concept has been referred to as a “hybrid system” that is capable of providing energy (thermal or electrical) where it is needed, when it is needed. For the purposes of this work, the hybrid system would integrate two or more energy resources to generate two or more products, one of which must be an energy commodity, such as electricity or transportation fuel. This definition requires coupling of subsystems ‘‘behind’’ the electrical transmission bus, where energy flows are dynamically apportioned as necessary to meet demand and themore » system has a single connection to the grid that provides dispatchable electricity as required while capital intensive generation assets operate at full capacity. Development of integrated energy systems for an “energy park” must carefully consider the intended location and the associated regional resources, traditional industrial processes, energy delivery infrastructure, and markets to identify viable region-specific system configurations. This paper will provide an overview of the current status of regional hybrid energy system design, development and application of dynamic analysis tools to assess technical and economic performance, and roadmap development to identify and prioritize component, subsystem and system testing that will lead to prototype demonstration.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Nuclear Fuel Performance and Design
  2. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Advanced Process and Decision Systems
  3. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States). Strategic Energy Analysis Center
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1186759
Report Number(s):
INL/CON--15-35035
TRN: US1500173
DOE Contract Number:
AC07-05ID14517
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Latin American Section - American Nuclear Society, 2015 Symposium, Santiago (Chile), 13-16 Jul 2015
Research Org:
Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY; RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES; ELECTRIC POWER; ENERGY PARKS; HYBRID SYSTEMS; NUCLEAR ENERGY; COGENERATION; ECONOMIC ANALYSIS; PERFORMANCE; TESTING; DUAL-PURPOSE POWER PLANTS; AUTOMOTIVE FUELS; PLANNING integrated energy system; nuclear hybrid energy system; nuclear renewable hybrid energy system; zero carbon energy system