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Count for all projects in Advanced Energy Generation Transmission and Storage

Impact and Adaptation Studies 160
Regional Climate Analysis and Modeling 88
GHG Emissions Reduction 83
GHG Inventory Methods 61
others 89

This site represents only a subset of projects. Please see agency publications for official budget figures.

The State of California has been supporting regional climate change research for more than a decade. These studies have complemented research at the national level and have been designed to inform climate policy deliberations and actions in California. This Research Catalog provides basic information about past and ongoing climate change related studies that state agencies have conducted or commissioned since the early 2000s. The purpose of this catalog is to document California’s research efforts and to facilitate the exchange of information.

To find out more about these projects, please click here to obtain contact information for representatives from different state agencies.

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  1. CEC Advanced Generation Research
    Lead Agency: CEC
    Year finished: ongoing, Budget: $73,319,782
    Under the Energy Research and Development Division of the Energy Commission, ETSI Research Area takes an interdisciplinary systems approach to support the development of innovative energy solutions for improving and expanding the operation of the California grid. ETSI considers both the business and the technical needs of all utility rate payers with the goal of providing environmentally sound, safe, reliable, and affordable energy services and products. The top priority of ETSI is the successful integration and efficient operation of all the elements that encompass the California grid. ETSI focuses on defining customer needs and required functionality early in the research cycle, documenting requirements, and then proceeding with design synthesis and system validation while considering the complete research problem. ETSI contracts engineers and scientific researchers into a collaborative team that works within a structured research, development, and demonstration process. This process takes a project from concept to production then to commercial operation. Combined heat and power (CHP) refers to the simultaneous generation of electricity or mechanical power and useful thermal energy for heating and/or cooling applications, from a single fuel source. Other terms used for CHP include cogeneration and combined cooling, heat, and power (CCHP), a term used to emphasize the low temperature application of the system such as for chilling or air conditioning. Cogeneration facilities offer potentially significant improvements in energy efficiency relative to separate systems of generating power and heat. CHP can operate at efficiency levels reported as high as 80 percent, as compared with a typical combined efficiency of 45 percent from separate production of heat and power. CHP also reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and improves reliability, power quality, economic viability, and competitiveness of power generation.

  2. CEC Energy Storage Research
    Lead Agency: CEC
    Year finished: ongoing, Budget: $18,510,028
    Energy Storage technologies do not generate electricity but can deliver stored electricity to the electric grid or an end-user. They are used to support the integration of renewable generation and to improve power quality by correcting voltage sags, flickers, and surges, or to correct for frequency imbalances. Storage devices are also used as uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) by supplying electricity during short utility outages. These energy devices can be located at or near the point of use, so they are included in the distributed energy resources category. When coupled with Demand Response technologies, Energy Storage can achieve peak load reductions at the same performance with enhanced system response at lower system cost. Energy Storage and Demand Response are two aspects of the Smart Grid research within PIER's Energy Technology Systems Integration Research Area.

  3. CEC Smart Grid Research
    Lead Agency: CEC
    Year finished: ongoing, Budget: $25,064,993
    he Energy Commission's vision of the Smart Grid is the thoughtful integration of intelligent technologies and innovative services that produce a more efficient, sustainable, economic, and secure electrical supply for California communities. To reach this vision, the Energy Commission supports research that combines the electricity grid with intelligent communications and control systems to create a highly automated, responsive, and resilient power delivery system that optimizes services and empowers customers to make informed energy decisions. Integrated communications enables the smart power grid to continuously send, receive, and process data on system conditions, component health and power flows, as well as pass information among intelligent electronic devices, generators, independent system operators, marketers, and consumers. A smart grid with these characteristics will also allow for the integration of increased levels of renewable generation resources, accommodate increased loads associated with electric vehicle transportation, and provide increased participation of ratepayers through localized controls and intelligent communication technologies.

  4. Clean Hydrogen Power Generation
    Lead Agency: CPUC in collaboration with EPRI
    Year finished: ongoing, Budget: $20,800,000
    Determine the feasibility of building a Clean Hydrogen Power Generation plant with carbon capture and sequestration to serve California electricity load. No results are currently available. CPUC Project Manager: Kevin Dudney.

  5. CSI RD&D - Advanced Grid-Interactive Distributed PV and Storage
    Lead Agency: CPUC
    Principal Investigator(s): Solarcity (Tesla Motors)
    Year finished: ongoing, Budget: $1,774,780
    The goal of this project is to create a firm, dispatchable, grid-interactive product that combines PV and storage that can be installed in distributed, small increments in a utility-wide network. The product will combine Tesla Motors vehicle battery system with Solar City's SolarGuard dispatch and monitoring platform. An early step in the project is to deploy six combination PV and battery systems using off the shelf battery technology to establish a cost and performance baseline and to refine the communication and control system. Using the test and performance data from these initial installations, the team will then integrate the Tesla lithium-ion high-voltage battery pack with the grid interactive inverter, changer and PV system and conduct a demonstration at six additional sites. The team will also assess the performance as well as the economic, reliability, and carbon avoidance impacts of a large-scale deployment of firmed PV. Lastly, Solar City will explore a range of financing options that will best enable firmed PV deployment.

  6. CSI RD&D - Analysis of High-Penetration Levels of PV into the Distribution Grid in California
    Lead Agency: CPUC
    Principal Investigator(s): Nrel (Southern California Edison, Clean Power Research, Electrical Distribution Design, and Satcon.)
    Year finished: ongoing, Budget: $1,600,000
    Project focuses on accelerating the placement of high levels of PV penetration into the existing distribution circuits and identifying new circuit configurations that will help increase penetration levels of PV. For the first year of this project, the NREL team will conduct modeling, simulations, and testing of possible advanced hardware and software solutions. Laboratory testing will be conducted on advanced inverters and control systems, and these advanced systems will be installed in projects in the Southern California Edison territory. During the second year, the team will evaluate the advanced technologies that were developed during the first year of the project.

  7. CSI RD&D - Beopt-CA (EX): A Tool for Optimal Integration of Energy Efficiency, Demand Response, Energy Storage, and PV for California Homes
    Lead Agency: CPUC
    Principal Investigator(s): Nrel (Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Davis Energy Group, Energy and Environmental Economics (E3), and SunPower Corporation.)
    Year finished: ongoing, Budget: $985,000
    Project targets the development of the Building Energy Optimizer for California Existing Homes (Beopt-CA (EX)) modeling tool that aims to facilitate balanced integration of energy efficiency, demand response, and energy storage with PV in the residential retrofit market.

  8. CSI RD&D - Development and Analysis of a Progressively Smarter Distribution System
    Lead Agency: CPUC
    Principal Investigator(s): Uc Irvine (Advanced Power and PG&E.)
    Year finished: ongoing, Budget: $300,000
    The goals of the project are to utilize modeling and simulation to quantify PV integration limitations; and to develop and evaluate progressively smarter distribution systems. Results from the project will be used to inform standards work critical to widespread adoption of higher penetration PV.

  9. CSI RD&D - High Penetration PV Initiative
    Lead Agency: CPUC
    Principal Investigator(s): Smud (Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO), BEW Engineering, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) , Sunpower, New Energy Options, Areva, New Energy Options, Irradiance, Solar Consulting Services, Augustyn & Company, SynerGEE, and other independent consultant)
    Year finished: ongoing, Budget: $2,968,432
    Project will demonstrate and test new hardware and software tools that will provide communication and management between PV systems and utility controls using advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). The tools will be tested and validated at residential, commercial, and utility-scale deployments in California and Hawaii. The project aims to provide utilities and the industry with practical tools that will help integrate increased levels of PV into the grid in beneficial ways

  10. CSI RD&D - PV and Advanced Energy Storage for Demand Reduction
    Lead Agency: CPUC
    Principal Investigator(s): Sunpower Corp. (Target)
    Year finished: ongoing, Budget: $1,875,000
    The overall goal of this project is to demonstrate that the integration of PV and energy storage will be of higher value than either technology alone. The project includes tasks to increase demand reduction and verify benefits of solar coupled with storage, and also assess the reliability and performance of three different storage technologies. The storage options to be evaluated include an innovative ice energy storage with the other two being traditional batteries. This research will undertake the following: 1) Determine if the combined value of PV and energy storage is of higher value to the commercial customer and utility than either one alone, and, 2) Assess storage capabilities, reliability and potential degradation of the technologies to assess lifetime characteristics.


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