Our research centers on evaluating and optimizing the performance of energy technologies, by combining the development of novel quantitative models and theory with the analysis of large datasets. We use this knowledge to set design targets that will help accelerate the development of technologies. This research focuses on electricity and transportation, with an emphasis on solar energy conversion, storage technologies and liquid fuels.
Storage technology optimization
Energy storage allows us to synchronize energy supply (whether from a renewable resource or a vehicle charging station) and energy demand.
Risks and scalability of new technologies
We are developing methods to assess the risks of existing and new technologies in terms of cost and other performance metrics, and how these risks might change in interesting and important ways with the scale of adoption.
Evaluating the dynamic environmental impacts of technologies
The impacts of technologies depend on various factors, including the background state of the environment.
Determinants of the rate of technological improvement
Energy and other technologies change dramatically over time at different rates.
- NPR coverage of methane emissions research and implications for EPA regulations - 6/13/2014
- Goksin Kavlak presents a poster at the 40th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference - 6/8/2014
- Prof. Trancik presents a poster at the Gordon Research Conference on Industrial Ecology - 6/1/2014
- Research on emissions equivalency metrics featured in ClimateWire - 4/29/2014
- Research on emissions equivalency metrics featured on the Santa Fe Institute website - 4/25/2014
- MIT news story on emissions equivalency metrics research - 4/25/2014
- Nature Climate Change News and Views article published on emissions equivalency metrics research - 4/25/2014
- Paper published in Nature Climate Change: Climate Impacts of Energy Technologies Depend on Emissions Timing - 4/25/2014
- New grant from MITEI Seed Fund Program on 'Time-dependent climate impacts of natural gas deployment' - 3/27/2014
- Commentary article published in Nature: Renewable energy: Back the renewables boom - 3/19/2014