Energy, water, and carbon policy analysis

Our current and recent projects on energy, water, and carbon policy analysis:

Renewable energy driven electrocatalytic co-conversion of CO2 and regional feedstocks to chemicals and fuels

Distributed chemical manufacturing presents significant challenges from dispersed and dilute resources. We are working in collaboration with researchers in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry to create distributed electrochemical reactors that remediate carbon dioxide emissions while upgrading regional feedstocks into commodity chemicals and fuels. Our efforts include spatially- and temporally-resolved technoeconomic analysis (TEA) and life-cycle assessment (LCA) incorporated throughout the project to model feasibility.

Funding: National Science Foundation

Incorporating sustainability into energy and water policy

Since energy and water resources are interconnected, policy decisions regarding one resource affect the other. Synergies and tradeoffs are often apparent in energy and water policy and decision-making. Our work quantifies and highlights these connections via science-based policy analysis.