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.
- Research on evaluating energy technologies against climate targets featured on the MITEI homepage.
- Research on the energy cost-carbon curve featured in ClimateWire.
- Paper published in Environmental Science & Technology: Energy Technologies Evaluated Against Climate Targets.
- Morgan Edwards receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.
- Paper on predicting technological progress featured in the press, from Nature to Forbes, among others.
- Research on technology progress the spotlight feature on the MIT News Homepage.
- Paper published in PLoS ONE: Statistical Basis for Predicting Technological Progress.
- New grant from the Department of Energy Sunshot Program on 'Evaluating the Causes of Photovoltaics Cost Reduction: Why is PV Different?'
- Hamed Ghoddusi to join the faculty at Stevens Institute of Technology as a tenure-track assistant professor.
- Goksin Kavlak receives UTC-MIT Energy Fellowship.