REopt Analysis Levels
REopt™ analyses can be performed at varying levels from simple to detailed, depending on the type of input data available and the outputs desired.
NREL often conducts an initial high-level screening of many sites, then focuses more detailed analyses at the most promising sites identified in the screening. This allows organizations to focus limited resources on those opportunities with the highest chance of success. The following table describes three levels of REopt analysis.
|Level||Name||Purpose||Inputs from Site||Outputs|
|0||Levelized cost of energy (LCOE) screening||Identify technical and economic viability trends across a portfolio of sites||Location||LCOE|
|1||Initial renewable energy screening of one or multiple sites||Provide initial go/no-go analysis for feasibility study||
Annual electric and thermal consumption and cost data
Estimated area available
Preliminary technology size(s) and economics
Prioritized list of potential opportunities
|Recommend optimized technology size and operating strategy||
15-minute-interval electric data
Thermal load profiles
Utility rate tariffs
Existing energy system parameters
|Recommended technology size, dispatch strategy, and economics|