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Smart Grid Seminar: Energy Systems Decarbonization – Perspectives on Electric Vehicles and Grid Integration

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The imperative for strong and rapid emissions reductions to mitigate global warming and enhance air quality necessitates a transition to net-zero emissions. This shift requires significant changes throughout the entire energy supply-demand ecosystems, tailored to various sectors. Transportation stands as the least-diversified energy sector and the largest source of U.S. GHG emissions. As the primary catalyst for vehicle decarbonization when paired with clean electricity, electric vehicles (EVs) will play a pivotal role in the future. EVs are poised to drive substantial growth in electricity demand and presents a unique opportunity to provide demand-side flexibility that is crucial for future renewable- dominated electricity systems. Smart integration of EVs can strengthen the grid, reducing costs and enhancing resilience. At NREL, laying the scientific groundwork to actualize this vision: our research is finding ways for EVs to support grid planning and operations across several timescales and to fully exploit the synergies between EVs and renewables.


Speaker Bio

Dr. Matteo Muratori is a Distinguished Researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) where he also manages the Transportation Energy Transition Analysis (TETA) group to explore system-level sustainable solutions for the transformation of the transportation sector, including solutions to support the adoption of clean vehicles and fuels, supporting infrastructure, and the synergies between transportation and electricity systems. NREL is the United States’ premier laboratory for the research and development of renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency and is widely regarded as the world’s leading research institute in this field. In 2021 and 2022 Dr. Muratori served as the Chief Analyst for Sustainable Transportation at the US Department of Energy. A native of Italy, Dr. Muratori has authored or co-authored over 100 technical publications cited over 8,000 times, including IPCC and NCA reports. He holds B.S. and degrees in energy engineering from Politecnico di Milano (ranked top University in Italy) and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering, along with a minor degree in statistics, from The Ohio State University M.S. summa cum laude.