A virtual presentation by Professor Jessika Trancik, published in February 2016. 

Pixabay pv 2698074 640Why do some technologies improve more quickly than others, in terms of performance over time, and the gain in market share over time? As an example, solar photovoltaic energy has undergone unexpectedly  rapid decline in cost and increase in deployment. Is there something identifiable about PV technology that we can apply in evaluating early-stage technologies?  An understanding is important in guiding technology design and investment, especially when we face an urgent need to accelerate and adopt more sustainable technologies and practices.

Jessika Trancik is an Associate Professor of Energy Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research specializes in evaluating the environmental impacts and costs of energy technologies, and setting design targets to help accelerate the development of these technologies. Her work involves collecting and analyzing expansive datasets to develop models and theory. She has studied projects on electricity and transportation, with an emphasis on solar energy conversion and storage technologies. She received her BS in materials science and engineering from Cornell University and her PhD in materials science from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.

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About The Host

Mei-Ling Shek, has degrees in chemistry and applied physics, and has worked as a scientist and engineer in national laboratories as well as startup companies (telecom and solar). She has also taught physics and introductory nanotechnology courses. Besides volunteering for the EcoGreen Group, she is a member of the Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental organizations.


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