Chuck Kutscher
Director, Buildings and Thermal Systems Center

Chuck Kutscher, Ph.D., is Director of the Buildings and Thermal Systems Center at NREL. His research projects have included the design and construction of a solar cooling test laboratory, the production of NREL's solar industrial process heat design handbook, the modeling of advanced power cycles and power plant cooling systems, the development of transpired solar air collectors, and the testing of parabolic trough solar concentrators. He is a Fellow of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and served a two-year term as ASES Chair in 2000-2001. He was the Chair of two major conferences: the SOLAR 2006 national solar energy conference and the 2012 World Renewable Energy Forum. The latter attracted 2,000 participants from over 60 nations. Kutscher is editor of the 200-page ASES report, Tackling Climate Change in the U.S., which details how energy efficiency and six renewable energy technologies can greatly reduce U.S carbon emissions by 2030. He is an adjunct professor at CU-Boulder where he has taught courses in heat transfer and “Climate Change Solutions." He is also a member and past Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department's Industry Advisory Council.