The Future Energy Systems Center examines the accelerating energy transition as emerging technology and policy, demographic trends, and economics reshape the landscape of energy supply and demand. The Center conducts integrated analysis of the energy system, providing insights into the complex multisectoral transformations that will alter the power and transportation systems, industry, and built environment. Our work draws upon MIT research in traditional energy-related disciplines, as well as from cross-disciplinary fields such as energy and environmental policy, climate science, carbon management, energy economics, behavioral science, cybersecurity, information technology, and artificial intelligence.
Looking for the Low-Carbon Energy Centers? The Low-Carbon Energy Centers have been integrated into MITEI’s new Future Energy Systems Center, announced in spring 2021 as part of MIT’s Climate Action Plan for the Decade. All existing consortium-based LCEC projects and memberships continue within the Future Energy Systems Center.
The Future Energy Systems Center serves as a single point of entry into MITEI and the MIT energy research community at large. As a member-supported consortium, the Center continues MITEI’s long history of working with companies throughout the energy sector. Member companies will include both energy suppliers and consumers demonstrating the impact decarbonization will have on a wide range of industries. The Center brings together ongoing technoeconomic and systems-oriented research from MITEI’s Low-Carbon Energy Centers into one unified center, creating a holistic energy system analysis capability with integrated research focus areas. These will initially include electric power, energy storage and low-carbon fuels, transportation, industrial processes, carbon management, and the built environment. Members are invited to participate in all focus area working groups without limit.
Our work rests on two pillars: MITEI’s world-class range of capabilities in energy system modeling and analysis; and the cutting-edge campus-wide energy technology research program overseen by MITEI, spanning all of MIT’s departments, as well as our affiliated policy research centers including the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR) and the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. Combining our deep knowledge of technology and modeling enables us to investigate the potential for emerging supply and demand-side technologies, along with policy to impact the energy system of the future—exposing new opportunities and threats within a host of industries, as well as unmet research needs.
Help shape the Center’s research agenda
Engage with MIT research teams and other industry leaders
Receive timely analysis, including cutting-edge research findings and insights
Participate in monthly seminars addressing emerging technologies, energy policy, and sustainability issues
Attend MITEI’s Annual Research Conference, framing the latest technology, economic and policy drivers shaping the energy landscape
Attend MITEI’s Spring Symposium, offering a deeper understanding of a timely energy transition topic
|Project Title||Principal Investigator(s)|
|Adaptive optimization and learning for daily operation of clean power systems||Andy Sun|
|Assessing role for natural gas in future low-carbon U.S. electricity systems||Dharik Mallapragada|
|Atoms-to-enterprise analysis for decarbonization of chemical manufacturing: Case study of ethylene||Dharik Mallapragada, Bilge Yildiz, Elsa Olivetti|
|Can Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) really disrupt private car ownership?||David Keith, Joanna Moody|
|Development of a building retrofit adoption model||Christoph Reinhart|
|Development of Distributed Energy Consumption in Actively Responsive Buildings (DECARB) model||Pablo Duenas-Martinez, Karen Tapia-Ahumada|
|Future of work and urban mobility: Integrated public transit and shared mobility||Jinhua Zhao|
|High fidelity monitoring for carbon sequestration: Integrated geophysical and geochemical investigation of field and laboratory data||Matej Pec|
|Impact of multi-dimensional uncertainty in long-term investment planning||Dharik Mallapragada|
|Implications of broad electrification on the power networks and large penetration of distributed energy resources||Pablo Duenas-Martinez, Karen Tapia-Ahumada|
|Long-haul freight on highways: Techno-economic assessment of options for powertrains and fuels||William Green|
|Lower cost, CO2-free, H2 production from CH4 using liquid tin||Asegun Henry, Paul Barton|
|Medium-term impact of COVID-19 on urban mobility: Behavior, preference, and energy consumption||Jinhua Zhao|
|Multi-vector energy systems analysis for low-carbon power and transportation||Dharik Mallapragada|
|Negative emissions technologies: A question of scale||T. Alan Hatton, Betar Gallant|
|Optimal energy distribution infrastructure for EV fast-charging and hydrogen stations||Audun Botterud|
|Pathways towards gigaton scale low-carbon H2 production||Yogesh Surendranath, Dharik Mallapragada|
|Power plant CO2 capture integrated with lime-based direct air capture||Dharik Mallapragada, Howard Herzog, Emre Gençer|
|Pricing and location strategies of electric vehicle charging networks||Jing Li|
|Reinforcement learning for guiding drivers to reduce congestion in the developing world||Cathy Wu|
|Scalability of biomass availability for producing transportation fuels||Sergey Paltsev, Kristala Prather|
|Sector coupling in the context of energy transition: New approaches for investment planning||Dharik Mallapragada|
|System impacts of decarbonization pathways for space heating in cold climates||Dharik Mallapragada|
|Towards zero-emissions neighborhoods: A novel building-grid optimization framework||Audun Botterud, Christoph Reinhart|
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