projects

Our projects focus on evaluating the costs and environmental impacts of energy technologies to accelerate their improvement. Through data analysis and modeling, we study expected changes to technology performance over time, due to innovation and evolving operational contexts. By relating performance to design and manufacturing decisions, our research informs technology development in the laboratory and technology policy. We work on a variety of energy conversion and storage technologies for electricity and transportation.

Storage technology optimization

Storage technology optimization
Energy storage can help solve the problem of synchronizing energy demand with supply, whether it comes from a renewable resource such as a wind turbine or a vehicle charging station. Here we analyze energy consumption to determine lab-scale performance targets for storage technologies.

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Risks and scalability of new 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.

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PV design optimization

PV design optimization
Photovoltaics provide a promising energy technology with a vast resource base and a history of rapid improvement. This work centers on photovoltaics’ design and cost evolution.

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