Applied Research Collaborations and Pilot Projects
Applied Research Collaborationsand Pilot Projects- March 26, 2012 Phoenix, Arizona
Working Group Members• Bob Boscamp, Strategic Solar Energy• Justin Elliott, RehNu• Mayor Kenny Evans, Town of Payson• Deborah Galbraith, Town of Payson• Michael Neary – AriSEIA• Brian Quinn, RehNu• Anne Reichman, ASU, Sustainable Cities Network• Jerry Witt – CVH Power• Jennifer Woolwich, PV Recycling• Co-Chairs AZ Solar Summit ARCPP Working Group Ardeth Barnhart – University of Arizona Sayfe Kiaei – Arizona State University
Background• Integrate Solar Energy into Multiple Sectors: residential, commercial, industrial and utility- scale systems through: – Explorations of innovative technologies – Integration and testing of technology and systems – Development of real-world applications• Outcome: – Arizona as a center for advanced R&D testing, evaluation and manufacturing • for integrated solar energy technology systems at all scales • sustainable solar energy solutions for hot/arid regions
Source: Arizona Indicators. Morrison Institute for Public Policy
R&D Pilot Project Research Infrastructure Project Focus Area Key PartnersUniversity of Arizona Solar Zone Utility-scale DG solar energy systems - TEP, industry, academia, government grid integration and evaluationUA/TEP PV Test Yard Advanced testing & performance TEP, industry, academia, Federal evaluation; flat plate PV, CPV, BIPV, laboratoriesBiosphere 2 Model City Smart Grid and interconnection , energy Utility companies, industry, academia, system optimization, solar/mining NGO’sRed Rock Agricultural Center Energy Ranch – utility-scale DG solar Academia, industry system evaluationUA Inland Brackish Groundwater Solar Solar Desalination Prototypes and Academia, government, industryDesalination Initiative TestingAPS - D-Backs, Chase Field Go Solar Solar shade structures and Electric Utility, industry and municipality Vehicle integrationAPS – Community Power Project – Distributed roof-top solar PV, smart grid Utility, government, community andFlagstaff testing evaluation municipalityAPS – Star Center Solar testing and evaluation Industry, academiaASU – TUV Rheinland PV Testing Testing and certification of solar Academia , industry, InternationalLaboratory equipment businessPayson Millennium Campus Net-zero energy integrated Academia, industry, municipality and demonstration campus governmentDasHaus – Tempe Center for the Arts Traveling sustainable housing prototype Academia, government and International – Net Zero House business
Key Findings1) Existing baseline of R&D/pilot projects in solar PV and Thermal with multi-sector collaborations – Intellectual Capital – broad participation in academia, industry and government – Regional market opportunities = regional R&D opportunities2) Weak public perception of AZ as a viable platform for R&D – slow market development and market-friendly policies3) R&D as an economic driver is linked to AZ solar energy market – Investment in R&D and manufacturing over the long- term
Objectives• Develop a long-term strategy for R&D that will establish research, development and manufacturing of solar energy technologies as a sustainably viable option for the environmental and economic future of Arizona.• It is based upon an integrated approach to provide specific environments for collaboration between public and private organizations to optimize investment, testing and assessment, and training and communication.
Strategic Areas for R&D• Cross-cutting, enabling technologies » Electrical management and performance of PV systems (BOS) » System-level integration and optimization with storage » Resource modeling and prediction » Life-cycle assessment, operations and maintenance optimization » Accelerated testing and reliability standardization » Green building and energy management » Materials and other innovations for energy efficiency » Distributed generation systems – solar/battery, solar/water treatment• Research and Demonstration Infrastructure » Database of performance criteria and output for solar energy • Network of PV Testing Global Horizontal Irradiance Forecast Animation for July 5, 2011
Strategic Areas for R&DApplication and Technology Commercialization – translational research thatincrease the commercial value of innovation » Building technologies and standards that incorporate solar energy and energy efficiency » Integrated resource planning and business planning for industries/communities/tribes to incorporate solar energy into their development plans » Community solar projects that incorporate solar energy/smart metering/electric vehicles » Center for industrial design, market analysis and communications, legal and environmental services. » Market analysis of local, regional, national and global trends in solar energy to inform system-level R&D projects » Clearinghouse of information in R&D in solar energy to inform industrial R&D » Public awareness, education and workforce development tied to demonstration sites
Recommendation #1• Solar Energy Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment Zones – State-wide R&D zones enabling investment by multiple stakeholders for specific outcomes Near-Term Medium-term Long-Term •Energy Efficiency •State-wide •large-scale •Distributed network of R&D deployment of Generation initiatives solar energy in the Systems •Sustained region •Systems investment in • sustained integration and R&D manufacturing reliability • Smart-grid and and export •local, national and storage capabilities global markets technologies •Increased •Solar and water commercialization treatment of innovative •Integration of technologies solar energy at all scales , all sectors
Recommendation #2 State-wide Innovation Initiative – Solar Energy Research Infrastructure• Provide broad research capabilities through private and public partnerships – Reduce development costs and time – Mitigate technology risks – investors• Applied R&D for solar energy• Develop policy and infrastructure for deployment by industry – Oversight and responsibilities for outcomes of the Roadmap – Represents multiple stakeholders – Identify best practices – Promote collaborative R&D, shared costs and benefits – Consensus on standards – Specialized and shared facilities to carry-out advanced R&D collaboration – Connects organizations with common research needs – Develop cost/share strategies – Navigates the complexity of the PV value chain and confidentiality/IP
Next Steps• Enhance participation in the working group to better define the R&D strategy and roadmap for solar energy
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