The core work of the Renewable Energy Center is carried out through technical projects.
Some areas in Nevada have wind conditions suitable for utility scale electricity production.
Nevada’s total wind resources have an estimated electricity generating potential of 55 million MWhr/year. However, the wind resources are highly variable in space, time, speed, and direction. Better understanding of wind profiles and the effects of windshear and turbulence on turbine performance and reliability is needed.
Through the NSWEP Program, DRI is helping Nevada tap into its wind resource.
- Wind Energy Monitoring and Numerical Model Validation in Nevada
- Anemometer Loan Program: Data Acquisition, Archiving, and Public Dissemination
- Wind Energy Data Collection at Ophir Hills Site – New Comstock
- Tall Tower Wind Energy Monitoring and Numerical Model Validation in Southern Nevada
- Wind energy assessment study for Nevada (Phases I and II)
- Tall Wind Tower Development
Hydrogen in Transportation
Hydrogen offers the promise of a renewable fuel for transportation uses, but also presents enormous challenges in terms of production, distribution, storage, and use.
DRI is investigating some of these issues, as well as the codes, standards, and other requirements for building and operating a hydrogen vehicle refueling station.
Most of our work to date has been in cooperation with the Washoe County Regional Transportation Commission who has donated two paratransit vehicles to DRI for our use.
Hydrogen-Based Renewable Power System
Nevada has over 10,000 off-grid locations requiring some form of electrical power generation.
DRI has developed a modular, portable system by which renewable resources (sun and wind) are used to produce hydrogen via electrolysis. When excess renewable power is available, it is stored in the form of hydrogen, as well as in a small battery pack. When additional power is needed, the stored hydrogen is used in an internal combustion engine/generator system.
The modularity of this system makes it attractive for experimenting and assessing the performance of various components.
- Renewable Energy Hydrogen-Based System for Off-Grid Applications
- Renewable Energy Production via Carbon Capture and Recycling
While Nevada does not possess large quantities of conventional biomass resources, its abundant solar and geothermal resources make the state ideal for growing algae as a biofuel feedstock.
In addition, Nevada has a growing interest in biodiesel fuel, produced from virgin and waste oils used within the state.
There is also increasing interest in both biochemical and thermochemical technologies for converting cellulosic biomass into fuels, heat and power.
- Developing Thermal Conversion Options for Biorefinery Residues
- Investigation of Plant-Derived Biofuels as Potential Blendstock for Transportation Fuels (Project CRC AVFL-17)
- Investigation of Biodiesel Chemistry, Carbon Footprint, and Regional Fuel Quality (Project CRC AVFL-17a)
- Dilution Sampling Systems for Biomass Derived Syngas
- DOE Algal-based Renewable Energy for Nevada
- Stack Sampling at Power Plant Co-firing Biomass
- Pollutant Emissions Study for Biodiesel (B20)
- Gridley-II Biofuels Project
- Sierra Geothermal Power Shallow Temp
- Comprehensive Evaluation of the Geothermal Resource Potential within the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation
- Solar Air Collector Testing Facility: DRI is utilizing the REDD Facility to develop a first class solar air collector testing procedure.
- ARRA: Solar Reforming of CO2 to Produce Diesel Fuel
- Electricity Generation Using Solar Energy
- DRI Photovoltaic Study of Systems on Campus
Outreach and Education
Other CTREC Projects
- DRI Renewable Energy Center (REC) - Phase I
- DRI Renewable Energy Center (REC) - Phase II
- Residential Utility Monitoring System
- Utility Accountant - An Interactive Tool to Manage Utility Costs
- Building the DRI Renewable Energy Center (REC) Phase II
- Development of a Marketing Demonstration System for Utility Accountant Energy Management
Other NSHE Projects
2010 UNR Renewable Energy Report