Our research focuses on the predictive evaluation of energy technologies to accelerate their improvement. We develop data-informed metrics to relate technology costs and environmental impacts to design and manufacturing decisions. This new area of research aims to speed up the development of low-carbon energy technologies. Read more…
Evaluating the dynamic environmental impacts of technologies
The impacts of technologies depend on various factors, including the background state of the environment.
Storage technology optimizationEnergy storage can help synchronize energy demand and supply, whether from an intermittent renewable resource or a vehicle charging station. Here we analyze energy consumption to determine lab-scale performance targets for storage technologies.
Risks and scalability of new technologies
We are developing ways to assess the risks of existing and new technologies in terms of cost and other performance metrics. This includes asking how such risks may change with the scale of a technology’s adoption.
Determinants of the rate of technological improvement
Different technologies change over time at dramatically different rates. Here we study what factors drive the evolution of technology, and cause some technologies to improve faster than others.
- Scientific American article references Trancik Lab report - 11/18/2015
- White House blog on clean energy and climate negotiations references Trancik Lab report - 11/13/2015
- DOE website features Trancik Lab report on clean energy and climate negotiations - 11/13/2015
- MIT news article and MIT Energy Initiative post on new report - 11/13/2015
- New report released: Technology improvement and emissions reductions as mutually reinforcing efforts: Observations from the global development of solar and wind energy - 11/13/2015
- Goksin Kavlak presents a poster at the MIT Materials Day, hosted by the MIT Materials Processing Center - 10/14/2015
- Marco Miotti presents at the LCA XV Conference - 10/7/2015
- Paper to appear in Environmental Research Letters: Methane mitigation timelines to inform energy technology evaluation - 10/2/2015
- James McNerney and Goksin Kavlak present at the 2015 Conference on Complex Systems - 9/30/2015
- Morgan Edwards receives Siebel Scholarship - 9/8/2015