Enhancement of Solar Energy Representation in the GCAM Model

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The representation of solar technologies in a research version of the GCAM (formerly MiniCAM) integrated assessment model have been enhanced to add technologies, improve the underlying data, and improve the interaction with the rest of the model. We find that the largest potential impact from the inclusion of thermal Concentrating Solar Power plants, which supply a substantial portion of electric generation in sunny regions of the world. Drawing on NREL research, domestic Solar Hot Water technologies have also been added in the United States region where this technology competes with conventional electric and gas technologies. PV technologies are as implemented ... continued below

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Smith, Steven J.; Volke, April C. & Delgado Arias, Sabrina February 1, 2010.

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The representation of solar technologies in a research version of the GCAM (formerly MiniCAM) integrated assessment model have been enhanced to add technologies, improve the underlying data, and improve the interaction with the rest of the model. We find that the largest potential impact from the inclusion of thermal Concentrating Solar Power plants, which supply a substantial portion of electric generation in sunny regions of the world. Drawing on NREL research, domestic Solar Hot Water technologies have also been added in the United States region where this technology competes with conventional electric and gas technologies. PV technologies are as implemented in the CCTP scenarios, drawing on NREL cost curves for the United States, extrapolated to other world regions using a spatial analysis of population and solar resources.

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  • Report No.: PNNL-18829
  • Grant Number: AC05-76RL01830
  • DOI: 10.2172/1033089 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 1033089
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc837333

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Smith, Steven J.; Volke, April C. & Delgado Arias, Sabrina. Enhancement of Solar Energy Representation in the GCAM Model, report, February 1, 2010; Richland, Washington. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc837333/: accessed December 11, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.