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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. CSI RD&D - Advanced Modeling and Verification for High Penetration PV
    Lead Agency: CPUC
    Principal Investigator(s): Clean Power Research (National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), State University of New York, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Solar Electric Power Association, SMUD, Long Island Power Authority, Salt River Project, and the New York Power Authority)
    Year finished: ongoing, Budget: $976,392
    Project will develop a free solar resource model that builds upon an existing PV performance model platform to enhance the resolution of satellite-based resource data. The team will integrate PV modeling capabilities with an open-source distribution engineering and analysis tool and create a unique PV value assessment tool for use by utilities to select and target the best PV locations. These tools and data streams will be made publicly available for use by California installers, manufacturers, agencies, utilities, and others engaged in the transformation of the electric power grid into a clean energy marketplace.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. CSI RD&D - Improved Cost, Reliability, and Grid Integration of High Concentration Photovoltaic Systems
    Lead Agency: CPUC
    Principal Investigator(s): Amonix (UC Irvine)
    Year finished: ongoing, Budget: $2,139,384
    Project will monitor the performance of nine 53 kW High Concentration Photovoltaic (HCPV) units and associated circuits on the UC Irvine electric infrastructure to evaluate and compare grid interconnection and energy management strategies. This project will also conduct accelerated testing and field data to develop a method to evaluate the reliability and lifetime of HCPV technologies. These advancements are expected to facilitate the evolution of HCPV to become cost competitive with other large scale and distributed solar technologies.

  9. CSI RD&D - Improved Manufacturing and Innovative Business Models to Accelerate Commercialization in California of Hybrid Concentrating Photovoltaic/Thermal Tri-Generation Technology
    Lead Agency: CPUC
    Principal Investigator(s): Congenra Solar (PG&E)
    Year finished: ongoing, Budget: $1,467,125
    Cogenra Solar (formerly known as Skywatch Energy, Inc.) has developed, prototyped and validated the technical performance of an innovative concentrating photovoltaic/thermal co-generation technology and will conduct an 80 kW demonstration at the Sonoma Wine Company. For this project, the field performance of the system will be measured and used to refine economic and financing models and optimization over multiple tariff structures. This project will also look at modifying the co-generation system so that it can support tri-generation of electricity, heating and cooling, expanding the market to include commercial sites that require cooling and lower amounts of hot water. Additionally, Cogenra Solar will modify the system to provide energy storage for use during peak demand and coordination with Pacific Gas and Electric Company on grid integration.

  10. CSI RD&D - Improving Economics of Solar Power Through Resource Analysis, Forecasting and Dynamic System Modeling
    Lead Agency: CPUC
    Principal Investigator(s): Uc San Diego (EPRI, EDSA Power Analytics, the CAISO, and SDG&E)
    Year finished: ongoing, Budget: $548,148
    The project will research the economic effects of three issues associated with increased penetration of PV in California: 1) insolation data and PV performance that take into account passing cloud cover; 2) how inverter logic software can improve voltage regulation in transient light conditions due to passing clouds; and, 3) energy storage options to reduce voltage sag due to cloudiness.

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