Novel Methods for the Assessment of Existing Energy System Technologies

This research develops approaches to improve the assessment of energy system decisions. For example, we developed an integrated assessment framework to evaluate an energy investment decision in Alberta’s oil sands.

The innovation in this work is the unique application of a combined set of techniques such as cost-benefit analysis, life cycle assessment (LCA), scenario analysis, sensitivity analysis, and stakeholder analysis in a way that explicitly presents the trade-offs between technology options and which also determines the conditions under which potential differences between stakeholder perspectives can occur. 

New work in this area involves dynamic systems modeling and operations research techniques, such as game theory, to expand the capability of LCA to assess LNG (liquefied natural gas) markets and their associated environmental impacts