Postdoctoral Researcher, Columbia University
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Earth and Ecological Engineering, Purdue University (starting fall 2020)
Rebecca Ciez is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University who will be starting as an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Earth and Ecological Engineering at Purdue University in Fall 2020.
She received a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon, holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University, and spent time as a postdoc at Princeton's Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. Her research focuses on the intersection of performance, technology adoption, and public policy for energy technologies. Much of her work examines electrochemical energy storage, and the role that it can play in decarbonizing the electricity and transportation sectors.
About the talk: Transportation and electricity systems are two of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions globally. Energy storage technologies, especially batteries, are poised to play a substantial role in both of these sectors. Given the scope of the challenge, and the diversity of applications, it is imperative that we design storage technologies that are suitable for vehicles and the changing demands of the electricity grid. Storage must also be inexpensive enough to be widely adopted while minimizing the environmental impacts of manufacturing and disposal. Focusing on lithium-ion batteries—the incumbent energy storage technology—this talk will discuss methods and outcomes to analyze technologies with these competing goals. Process-based cost modeling methods and results show which attributes are most significant to reducing the cell-level battery cost. Life cycle assessment highlights the limitations of current battery recycling methods, and the tension between incentives for low upfront cost technology and profitable recycling methods.
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