Processes for Decarbonization

Understanding how large scale carbon dioxide removal might help improve our paths to net zero

We apply a range of tools from industrial ecology (LCA) and energy systems modeling to explore a range of questions about how we might decarbonize our energy sources. These analyses have been applied to a number of emerging technologies such as algae-to-energy processes, aviation biofuels, and hydraulic fracturing of shale. We also use these tools to assess the resilience of infrastructure systems in the face of rapid environmental change.

Example publications

Fuhrman, J., McJeon, H., Patel, P., Doney, S.C., Shobe, W.M. and Clarens, A.F., 2020. Food–energy–water implications of negative emissions technologies in a+ 1.5 C future. Nature Climate Change, 10(10), pp.920-927. HTTPS://DOI.ORG/10.1038/S41558-020-0876-Z

Bennett, J. A., Simpson, J. G., Qin, C., Fittro, R., Koenig Jr, G. M., Clarens, A. F., & Loth, E. (2021). Techno-economic analysis of offshore isothermal compressed air energy storage in saline aquifers co-located with wind power. Applied Energy, 303, 117587. HTTPS://DOI.ORG/10.1016/J.APENERGY.2021.117587