Energy Research Area: Research in Life Cycle Assessment methods and data for emerging energy technology systems
My research concerns the characterization and optimization of emerging energy technology systems through the use of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and within the contexts of technology design and infrastructure development. Whether the system of interest is energy conversion equipment or an alternative/synthetic fuel, resource conservation and pollution prevention opportunities are identified from materials acquisition (e.g., mining, agriculture) through materials processing, energy conversion, and equipment decommissioning/ materials recovery. Research in the Design for Environment Lab leverages interdisciplinary expertise at the UW and beyond to incorporate considerations of both environmental implications (e.g., use of rare materials, uses of water, and the contribution to climate change) and socio-economic implications (e.g., job creation and changes in resource markets). Research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the US Air Force, the US Department of Agriculture, and the US Department of Energy as well as by Ford, Boeing, and Plug Power.
Record last updated on November 28th 2011 PDT.