Renewable energy resources are expected to play a major role in future efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and enhance energy supplies. Beginning with INL's Bioenergy Program, the idea of transforming biomass to high-value bioenergy feedstock commodities offers great promise in the 21st century. Biofuels could be 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 knowledge pertaining to the preconversion, densification and custom formulation of on-spec bioenergy feedstocks for industrial biorefineries.
In addition, INL's 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-efficient renewable energy resources. Our work addresses the opportunities and challenges associated with wind, hydro and geothermal power as renewable energy sources.
Advanced wind energy and hydropower systems, and their integration into advanced power systems, are core aspects of INL's Renewable Energy Program. In most cases, renewable energy systems require similar heat transfer, mechanical design and controls necessary for other (nuclear, fossil) energy systems. Our focus and expertise converges around applying engineering research capabilities to challenges associated with of renewable energy development including renewable energy grid development, mechanical design, reservoir assessment and monitoring, heat transfer, and advanced control systems.