Ron Schoff is the Director of the Renewable Energy and Fleet Enabling Technologies area at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).
The Renewable Energy and Fleet Enabling Technologies research area is focused on:
- Assessing the performance, cost and market economics of renewable generating technologies, primarily wind, solar, and hydropower.
- Conducting targeted RD&D to address critical issues relative to the technical assessment, operation, maintenance, and overall reliability of renewable generation assets.
- Improving environmental performance of renewable generation facilities with focus on siting and permitting, wildlife impacts, human impacts, and end-of-life disposal and recycling opportunities.
- Materials and non-destructive evaluation research supporting all energy supply asset types.
- Integrated asset management, plant management and digital worker support, helping asset owners and managers improve performance at lower cost.
- Digital transformation scope, including cyber security, sensors and advanced data, automation and controls and artificial intelligence R&D.
Prior to his current role, Schoff led EPRI’s Technology Innovation program, which focuses on industry thought leadership; scouting emerging technologies through engagement with universities, technology incubators and startups; and collaborative, early-stage research.
Schoff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science degree in chemical engineering from Villanova University. He has published numerous papers and given talks at various technical conferences worldwide.