AGCI Energy Research Internship

Research Team: 
Start Date: 
Sep 22, 2017
End Date: 
Apr 30, 2018
Summary: 

The Aspen Global Change Institute (AGCI) Energy Table was launched in beta form as a public resource on AGCl's website in 2015. It seeks to become a valuable and unique resource of information about energy resources currently in development or use. While many estimates for renewable and non-renewable resources abound, often in the disaggregate, the AGCI Energy Table synthesizes disparate estimates of energy source potentials in one glance and provides "apples to apples" comparisons for policy formation and decision making. Information is now available in the table on the availability, scalability, growth, cost, imminent breakthroughs, enabling technologies, as well as social, environmental, and political considerations of each energy source. All information provided in the Energy Table is readily cited, with hyperlinks to source and additional reference material. The Energy Table therefore serves as a comprehensive resource for a diverse array of interested users - from researchers, to teachers, to students. It also acts as the backbone for data underlying AGCl's Getting Near Zero Energy Tool, an interactive educational resource which allows users to create their own global energy portfolios.

Due to rapid advances in energy technology and markets, it is imperative the information provided in the AGCI Energy Table stay current and usable. To this end, AGCI is seeking a motivated research intern to assist with the updating, refining, and expansion of the Table, based on most current published reports and peer-reviewed literature.

Responsibilities include:
 - Compiling current research and references on energy resource availability, scale of production, growth, costs, and capacity factors for coal, oil, gas, nuclear, solar, wind, hydro, ocean, geothermal, and biomass
 - Compiling current research and references on energy storage technologies and their capacities
 - Updating short descriptions about imminent breakthroughs, obstacles, enabling technologies, as well as political, social, and environmental considerations for each energy source

Sponsor: 
Aspen Global Change Institute