Energy Analysis & Environmental Impacts
Our goal is to conduct research on energy consumption and environmental impacts to inform policy, standards, and decision-making for the benefit of society and the environment.
Why Analyze Energy Systems?
Energy Analysis & Environmental Impacts focuses on Energy Markets, Policy, and Infrastructure; Energy and Environmental Systems Analysis; and Appliance and Equipment Standards. We analyze systems to maximize energy, economic, health and other societal benefits of advanced technologies; develop and enable cost-effective, achievable standards and policies that maximize energy efficiency; and inform public and private decision-making about energy-related issues. Read on for specific areas of research.
Ambient air pollution is a result of interactions of natural and anthropogenic emissions with meteorology through chemical transport processes with the atmosphere, vegetation, and building surfaces. We develop and apply air quality modeling and sensitivity analysis tools to investigate interactions and mitigation strategies.
The movement of air into and through buildings transports energy, moisture, and pollutants. We develop and use airflow simulation models to understand how to reduce pollutant exposures while simultaneously improving building energy performance and occupant comfort.
We apply Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Technoeconomic Analysis (TEA) to a wide variety of established and emerging energy technologies and strategies to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of products, materials, processes, or activities.
We support research on high-efficiency products to help determine the performance of advanced designs. We also develop and fabricate prototypes based on state-of-the-art research and practices to test the viability of next-generation products.
Our work in the area of renewable power generation synthesizes foundational data, conducts original research, and provides technical support to public agencies and others.
We develop analytical and experimental methods and tools to assess the technical, economic and market potential of energy technologies, as well as their associated social, economic, health and environmental impacts.