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.
- Prof. Trancik interviewed by LA Times in article on Aliso Canyon natural gas leak - 1/24/2016
- Greentech Media features recent report on the outlook for solar and wind energy under Paris agreement - 12/28/2015
- CS Monitor features recent Trancik Lab report on innovation expected under Paris climate pledges - 12/11/2015
- New opinion article in the Christian Science Monitor: The hidden virtuous cycle of Paris climate pledges - 12/10/2015
- Prof. Trancik quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article on Paris climate pledges - 12/9/2015
- New opinion article in Neue Zürcher Zeitung: Energietechnologie: Neu ist gut, berechenbar ist besser - 12/9/2015
- Recent report on clean energy innovation featured in the Financial Times: 'As Paris begins' - 11/30/2015
- Prof. Trancik discusses technology innovation and climate change mitigation on NPR's Marketplace - 11/30/2015
- Scientific American article references Trancik Lab report - 11/18/2015
- White House blog on clean energy and climate negotiations features Trancik Lab report - 11/13/2015