On January 8th, 2015, we were honored to have Dr. Eric Masanet from Northwestern University to present "Accelerating clean technologies through life-cycle systems analysis".
The development and adoption of energy- and resource-efficient technologies is critical for improving the sustainability of society while ensuring continued economic progress. Rigorous, prospective assessment of the life-cycle environmental and economic implications of such technologies can inform decisions on RD&D investments, policy incentives, technology standards, and initial target markets, all of which can help accelerate clean technology deployment. This presentation by Dr. Eric Masanet, will discuss novel systems analysis approaches being developed by the Energy and Resource Systems Analysis Laboratory (ERSAL), which integrate physical, economic, and life-cycle environmental systems models and data into analysis frameworks that enable more robust engineering and policy decisions. Examples will be provided of how these analysis approaches have enhanced decisions related to the development of adoption of additive manufacturing processes and next-generation carbon capture materials. Full talk title: “Accelerating the development and deployment of clean technologies through prospective life-cycle systems analysis”
About the speakerEric Masanet is the Morris E. Fine Junior Professor of Materials and Manufacturing and leader of Energy and Resource Systems Analysis Laboratory (ERSAL) at Northwestern University (NU), where his research and teaching focus on quantitative methods for sustainability engineering. Prior to joining Northwestern in 2012, Eric spent eight years as a Staff Scientist in the Energy and Environmental Technologies Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). While at LBNL, Eric held a joint research appointment in UC Berkeley's College of Engineering, where he managed the Engineering and Business for Sustainability Graduate Certificate Program. He is Editor-in-Chief of Resources, Conservation and Recycling, the leading peer-reviewed journal on resource systems sustainability. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley in 2004, which a specialization in environmentally-conscious design and manufacturing.