Renewable energy resources are expected to play major role in future reduce-carbon energy supplies. Beginning with INL's Bioenergy Program, the idea of transforming biomass to high-value bioenergy feedstock commodities offers great promis in the 21st century as one of the best sources of clean, renewable and sustainable energy for transportation fuels, power generation, and other consumer bioproducts. INL also leads development of knowldge pertaining to the preconversion, densification and custom formulation of on-spec bioenergy feedstocks for industrial biorefineries.
The INL Conventional Renewable Energy Program has aligned its mission with the vision of the U.S. Department of Energy. Through this mission we are working toward making a strong, long-term commitment to implement cost-effective, energy efficiency renewable energy as resources. We communicate the benefits and the opportunities for wind, hydro, geothermal power as a renewable energy. A beneficial alternative for introducing clean, reliable, and affordable energy technologies to the marketplace and its immediate consumers.
INL's Conventional Renewable Energy Program focuses on advanced wind energy and hydropower systems, and their intergration into advanced power systems. Renewable energy systems require in most cases similar heat transfer, mechanical design and controls necessary for other (nuclear, fossil) energy systems. The application of these engineering research capabilities to specific problems of renwable energy development is our work focus and our specific expertice regarding renewable energy grid development, mechanical design, reservoir assessment and monitoring, heat transfer, and advanced control systems.