Sustainable Energy Systems Group

Sustainable Energy Systems Group

The Sustainable Energy Systems Group studies the impacts of energy generation and use, manufacturing, and other activities on the environment, the economy, and health. Its research activities include, energy, environmental and economic systems models; life-cycle analysis of products, including their energy, heat resources use from cradle to grave; local and regional air pollution including particulate matter impacts; emissions measurements from energy production and manufacturing; the transport and fate of pollutants in air, water; and solid media; health risk assessment; and methods of mitigating climate change impacts.

The group’s research is organized into six areas:

  • Resource and Life Cycle Assessment research focuses on emerging technology assessment, advanced manufacturing, energy-efficient buildings, low-carbon transportation, and human and ecological health.
  • Atmospheric Science and Technology research includes aerosol studies, air quality modeling, and anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions (CALGEM).
  • Indoor Airflow and Pollutant Transport research concentrates on writing simulation tools, estimating prediction uncertainty, and using tools to make decisions.
  • Water-Energy Interactions research features modeling and analysis capability for joint simulation. The work is focused on basin-level and regional scales of analysis and is linked with global and downscaled climate forecasts.
  • Whole-building Energy and Asset Analyses research analyzes energy data to: find inefficient buildings, quantify effectiveness of efficiency measures, and determine improved control strategies.
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Assessment looks at energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, mitigation policies, impacts on water and energy resources, buildings and cities, and human exposures and indoor environments.

Publications by Organization


Brown, Nancy J., Lucas A. J. Bastien, and Phillip N. Price. "Transport Properties for Combustion Modeling." Progress in Energy and Combustion Science 37 (2011): 565-582.
Gadgil, Ashok J., David Fridley, Nina Zheng, Andree Sosler, Thomas W. Kirchstetter, and Amol A. Phadke. "Using Energy Efficiency and Producing it Renewably." In Physics of Sustainable Energy II: Using Energy Efficiency and Producing it Renewably, 54-74. Vol. 1401. AIP Conference Proceedings, 2011.
Scown, Corinne, Arpad Horvath, and Thomas E. McKone. "Water Footprint of U.S. Transportation Fuels." Environmental Science & Technology 45, no. 7 (2011): 2541-2553.
Logue, Jennifer M., Phillip N. Price, Max H. Sherman, and Brett C. Singer. "Why We Ventilate." In Proceedings of the 2011 32nd AIVC Conference and 1st Tightvent Conference. Brussels, Belgium, 2011. (623.67 KB)