I am a scientist studying low carbon energy transitions. How do we create a low carbon energy system? What could that system look like? What technological breakthroughs are necessary? These are some of the questions which motivate my research.
My current work focuses on studying the interannual variability of renewable energy resources and potential consequences for a highly-renewable grid. I also model the conversion of electric power to liquid fuels or hydrogen to study the benefits these technologies can bring to the grid including increased flexibility.
Enrico is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist for the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University. His research aims to understand the physics of wind power extraction for regional-scale wind farms. Enrico is investigating the efficiency of large wind farms and which physical parameters control their power extraction.
Clare has over 15 years of solid work experience in both Human Resources and Finance. She graduated in History & Government from Cornell University, has an MBA degree in Finance and Accounting from NYU, and has her SPHR and SHRM-SCP certificates. Though she began her career in the field of Finance, she had the opportunity to explore the area of Human Resources about 15 years ago while working at the startup, There.com. She started as Director of Finance, but she quickly took over all the HR responsibilities as well.
Yixuan is a postdoctoral research fellow at Ken Caldeira’s lab. He is studying the climate change associated with anthropogenic activities with a focus on the impacts of anthropogenic aerosol emissions on the global climate system. His previous works analyzed drivers of China’s aerosol pollution. These studies indicated, for him, the impacts of anthropogenic activities on regional and global environmental issues, and further motivated his work at Carnegie.
Jacqueline A. Dowling (Jackie) is a Chemistry PhD student in Nate Lewis's research group at Caltech. She has a subject minor in Environmental Science and Engineering. Jackie is collaborating with Ken Caldeira at Carnegie on the Simple Energy Modeling project.
Overcoming the challenge of wind and solar intermittency remains one of society’s most important obstacles for transitioning to a net zero carbon emissions energy system. Energy storage technology is thus crucial for smoothing the intermittency of renewable energy resources.
David Farnham is an environmental engineer and hydroclimatologist interested in how climate affects our engineered water and energy systems. David’s work can broadly be described as the development of statistical models to estimate and/or predict climate risks at time scales ranging from daily to seasonal to multi-decadal.
Lei Duan's research topic is about modeling the climate response to external forcing, especially the global scale geoengineering schemes during his PhD. At Carnegie, he will continue working on climate simulations and also helping with the energy modeling work in Ken Caldeira's group. He had a wonderful experience when he was here previously, and feels happy to come back and work with everyone in Carnegie.