Energy Research

ISES participates in a wide range of research encompassing the major renewable energy technologies and issues. Click on each research area to find out details about specific projects. Click here to view our reports and publications.

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    ISES is a regional and national leader in wind energy research, with projects that reach internationally. Arizona has a viable wind resource for utility scale and residential development. ISES provides wind maps and data for Arizona, has wind resource assessment capabilities, and performs research projects related to grid integration of wind power, wind resource modeling, and wind energy economics and policy.

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    ISES performs research in grid integration and interconnection of solar electricity, as well as solar thermal and residential solar systems. Arizona has a spectacular solar resource for passive and active application.

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    Synthetic Fuels

    The Arizona Synthetic Fuels Project aims to capture and recycle carbon dioxide from the atmosphere while harnessing the power of renewable electricity in order to produce a carbon-neutral liquid fuel that is fully compatible with our existing gasoline infrastructure.

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    ISES researchers are looking into how hydro can play a crucial role in renewable energy deployment.

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    Energy Frontiers

    ISES researchers are exploring novel applications of renewable energy.

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    Energy Utilization

    Energy utilization encompasses all of ISES’ energy efficiency, demand side management, smart grid, or end use energy research. 

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    Arizona Wind and Solar Status Report 2013

    This report details utility-scale renewable energy projects on Arizona’s public, private, Native American, and military land. For each jurisdiction details are presented on the size, technology, and status of projects. This report includes a general introduction to renewable energy development in Arizona, technological descriptions of the differing renewable energy generators, modeling of economic impacts from renewable energy development, resource maps, installed capacity maps, and appendices that include additional resources and links to permitting guidelines.