The charter of the Center's Energy Research Office is to provide proof of concept of emerging technologies and risk mitigation in support of Scientific Research and Development. This is accomplished through technology investigations, demonstrations and prototyping, as well as through coordination and integration activities, in support of technology transition or insertion into operational efforts. The Center's efforts are related to requirements and/or needs generated by Special Program Offices (SPO). The Center's efforts require integration with the Systems Requirements studies, the systems development efforts and the system engineering efforts of the SPO’s in order to accomplish the primary objectives of The Center.
The Center's Energy Program Office shall consist of 37 staff employees and numerous ad-hoc contractors. Organizationally, the Office shall consist of the Director and five Program Divisions. These division are:
Alternative Research Division
Hydroelectric Research Division
Petrochemical Research Division
Solar Research Division
Wind Research Division
The make-up of the staff is as follows:
The Center's Office for Energy Research's mission is to develop clean, competitive power technologies for the 21st century, including renewable energy (solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass), energy storage, hydrogen, and superconductors. These technologies will work together to transform the power sector — lowering energy costs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants, and improving reliability of service.
The Center's Office for Energy Research will be involved in many aspects of energy solutions development. Among these are:
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