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Future Energy Systems Center

An industry research consortium providing insights on how best to navigate the energy transition based on multisectoral analyses of emerging technologies, changing policies, and evolving economics.

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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.

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About the Center

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.

People

Florian Allroggen Research Scientist Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Anuradha Annaswamy Senior Research Scientist Department of Mechanical Engineering

Robert C. Armstrong Director MIT Energy Initiative

Steven Barrett Professor Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Audun Botterud Principal Research Scientist Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems

Fikile Brushett Associate Professor Department of Chemical Engineering

Randall Field Executive Director, Future Energy Systems Center MIT Energy Initiative

Betar Gallant Associate Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering

Emre Gençer Research Scientist MIT Energy Initiative

William Green Professor Department of Chemical Engineering

Bradford Hager Professor Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

T. Alan Hatton Professor Department of Chemical Engineering

Howard Herzog Senior Research Engineer MIT Energy Initiative

Christopher Knittel Professor Sloan School of Management

Dharik Mallapragada Research Scientist MIT Energy Initiative

Raanan Miller Center Research Lead for Electric Power MIT Energy Initiative

Caitlin Mueller Associate Professor Department of Architecture

Elsa Olivetti Associate Professor Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Sergey Paltsev Senior Research Scientist MIT Energy Initiative

John Parsons Senior Lecturer Sloan School of Management

Desiree Plata Associate Professor Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Kristala Prather Professor Department of Chemical Engineering

Christoph Reinhart Professor Department of Architecture

Apurba Sakti Research Scientist MIT Energy Initiative

Yang Shao-Horn Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering

Robert Stoner Deputy Director for Science and Technology MIT Energy Initiative

Andy Sun Associate Professor Sloan School of Management

Yogesh Surendranath Associate Professor Department of Chemistry

Karen Tapia-Ahumada Research Scientist MIT Energy Initiative

Bilge Yildiz Professor Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering

Jinhua Zhao Associate Professor Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Projects

Project TitlePrincipal Investigator(s)
Assessing role for natural gas in future low-carbon U.S. electricity systemsDharik Mallapragada
Can Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) really disrupt private car ownership?David Keith, Joanna Moody
Development of Distributed Energy Consumption in Actively Responsive Buildings (DECARB) modelPablo Duenas-Martinez, Karen Tapia-Ahumada
Future of work and urban mobility: Integrated public transit and shared mobilityJinhua Zhao
High fidelity monitoring for carbon sequestration: Integrated geophysical and geochemical investigation of field and laboratory dataMatej Pec
Impact of multi-dimensional uncertainty in long-term investment planningDharik Mallapragada
Implications of broad electrification on the power networks and large penetration of distributed energy resourcesPablo Duenas-Martinez, Karen Tapia-Ahumada
Long-haul freight on highways: Techno-economic assessment of options for powertrains and fuelsWilliam 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 transportationDharik Mallapragada
Optimal energy distribution infrastructure for EV fast-charging and hydrogen stationsAudun Botterud
Power plant CO2 capture integrated with lime-based direct air captureDharik Mallapragada, Howard Herzog, Emre Gençer
Pricing and location strategies of electric vehicle charging networksJing Li
Reinforcement learning for guiding drivers to reduce congestion in the developing worldCathy Wu
Sector coupling in the context of energy transition: New approaches for investment planningDharik Mallapragada
Towards zero-emissions neighborhoods: A novel building-grid optimization frameworkAudun Botterud, Christoph Reinhart
System impacts of decarbonization pathways for space heating in cold climatesDharik Mallapragada

How it works

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.

Benefits

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

Current members

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