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Optimizing industrial use of renewable energy: Industrial design for responsive demand

Precourt Institute for Energy

PI: Adam R. Brandt, Energy Resources Engineering: Co-PIs: John Weyant, Management Science and Engineering, and Lou Durlofsky, Energy Resources Engineering

In an electricity system dependent on resources that cannot be fully controlled—wind and solar power—how flexible can heavy industries be in their use of electricity? What changes might various industrial sectors make in their equipment design and processes to take advantage of electricity rates that reward flexibility? The researchers will consider the perspectives of industrial consumers and utilities or grid operators.