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 optimization
Energy storage allows us to synchronize energy demand and energy supply, whether from a renewable resource or a vehicle charging station.
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.
Determinants of the rate of technological improvement
Energy and other technologies change dramatically over time at different rates.
- Prof. Trancik's research mentioned in a Financial Times comment piece - 5/19/2015
- New grant from the Ford-MIT Alliance to support research on the time-dependent climate impacts of transportation fuels - 4/20/2015
- Morgan Edwards selected as a member of the Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability for the 2015-2016 academic year - 4/17/2015
- New grant from the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative on mitigating energy-related methane emissions, MIT news story - 4/1/2015
- Paper to appear in Energy & Environmental Science: Metals production requirements for rapid photovoltaics deployment - 3/16/2015
- Prof. Trancik joins WIRES Climate Change as domain editor on climate change mitigation - 3/1/2015
- Prof. Trancik interviewed regarding the EPA's proposed methane regulations by The Hill - 1/16/2015
- Research on emissions equivalency metrics featured in MITEI Energy Futures magazine - 12/15/2014
- Goksin Kavlak presents at the 2014 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting - 12/3/2014
- MIT news story on photovoltaics metals requirements research - 11/3/2014