SS FORUM #4: Explaining the Rate of Improvement in Energy Technologies

Event Type: 
Guest Lecture
Jessika Trancik, Assistant Professor, Engineering Systems Division, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Friday, November 16, 2012 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
1040 Dana
Event Sponsor: 
Center for Sustainable Systems
School of Natural Resources and Environment
Chrysler Corporation Fund

[imagefield_assist|fid=1028|preset=individual_views|title=|desc=|link=none|origsize=|align=left|width=133|height=200]The costs and environmental impacts of energy systems are dynamic, changing dramatically over time. Given the changing performance of technologies, how should we compare energy supply options to one another? Which technologies are poised to make a significant dent in greenhouse gas emissions? Recent research that combines the development of novel quantitative models and theory, with the analysis of large datasets, to evaluate candidate energy systems will be presented. In addition to producing new insight on the rate of technological improvement, this research has generated technology design guidelines.