Energy Systems Analysis Group People
The Energy Systems Analysis Group (ESAG) includes core members plus visiting researchers and students, in addition to collaborators worldwide. ESAG’s alumni (former students and postdoctoral fellows) work in industry, government, academia, and non-governmental organizations.
Eric D. Larson, Senior Research Engineer, Group Head (Larson full CV)
Larson’s research intersects engineering, environmental science, economics, and public policy. His energy systems analyses aim at identifying sustainable, engineering-based solutions to major energy-related problems. His work assesses resource, economic, and environmental implications of prospective technology developments and helps inform public and private decision making in the U.S., China, and elsewhere. A recent research emphasis has been design and analysis of advanced biomass and fossil fuel conversion to clean transportation fuels and electricity with CO2 capture and storage. Larson also holds an appointment as a senior scientist with Climate Central, a non-profit, non-partisan science and media organization that informs diverse audiences about climate change and potential solutions.
Thomas G. Kreutz, Senior Technical Staff Member (Kreutz full CV)
Kreutz’s interests are in modeling advanced energy conversion systems, in particular: production of hydrogen, electricity, and CO2 (for sequestration) from coal, residential scale, natural gas-fired PEM fuel cell cogeneration, fuel cell hybrid vehicles: power system design and vehicle performance modeling, reforming liquid fuels to hydrogen for mobile and stationary power applications, gasification of biomass and black liquor for combined cycle generation of electric power, and fuel cells, gas turbines, and hybrid/combined cycles for electric power generation.
Ali Daraeepour, Postdoctoral Research Associate (Daraeepour full CV)
Daraeepour uses systems analysis, economics, optimization, and engineering to provide quantitative answers to important policy questions in the electricity sector. His research focuses on market design and grid operation reforms to enhance economic and environmental efficiency of electricity grids with continued growth in variable renewable electricity and emerging technologies that support advancing zero-emission objectives. His PhD dissertation (2017, Duke University) addressed understanding grid-integration of variable renewable resources and related design of electricity markets. Prior to his PhD, he worked for several years as a power system engineer and consultant.
Stefano Consonni, Visiting Research Scholar (Consonni full CV)
After an initial focus on thermodynamics, gas turbines and power technology, Consonni’s interests have evolved toward the intersection between energy, environment and economics. By levering on his engineering perspective, he searches for designs and technologies that can warrant the environmental and economic sustainability of energy systems. The assessment of energy, environmental and economic performances draws from models and simulations accounting for the physical mechanisms that control the energy conversion process, as well as the constraints imposed by environmental concerns, materials, operation and maintenance practices, and economics. Areas of most active research are CO2 capture technologies, energy from waste and residues, molten carbonate fuel cells, cogeneration and district heating, hydrogen, biofuels, and optimization of energy systems.
Luca Mastropasqua, Visiting Postdoctoral Research Associate (Mastropasqua full CV)
Mastropasqua’s research interests span from technologies able to address both the issues of sustainable development, in terms of higher efficiency energy conversion, and the issue of climate change and air quality, in terms of lower emissions of CO2 and air criteria pollutants. The main technological focus is on electrochemical energy conversion systems for power generation, energy storage and power-to-product applications. At the moment, a large part of his activity is dedicated to integrating high temperature electrochemical systems, such as Molten Carbonate Fuel Cells, into the industrial sector (i.e., steelworks, refineries and cement) with the main aim of process decarbonisation. Mastropasqua has also been collaborating with researchers at Climate Central.
Michiel Carbo is a research engineer working on biosyngas, bioSNG and BECCS, in the Biomass, Coal and Environmental Research Department at the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN).
In residence with ESAG: November 2008 – March 2009 (Visiting Graduate Student).
Stefano Consonni is a professor at the Department of Energy, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy.
In residence with ESAG: 2002-2003 academic year (Senior Visiting Scholar).
Fred Dryer, professor emeritus of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University, is currently Educational Foundation Distinguished Research Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of South Carolina.
Chris Greig is the director of the University of Queensland Energy Initiative.
Collaborating with ESAG since 2013.
Ilkka Hannula is a senior researcher and principal investigator at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.
In residence with the ESAG: February 2011-January 2012 (Visiting Graduate Student).
Pedro Haro is a doctoral member of the Bioenergy Group (Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering) at the University of Seville (Spain).
In residence with ESAG: September 2017 – February 2018 (Fulbright post-doctoral fellow).
Andrea Lanzini is an assistant professor at the Energy Department of Politecnico di Torino (Italy).
In residence with ESAG: October 2010 – April 2011 (Visiting Graduate Student).
Zheng Li is the dean of Department of Thermal Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
In residence with ESAG in September 2001 and January 2002 (Visiting Scholar).
Guangjian Liu is an assistant professor at the North China Electric Power University, School of Energy & Power Engineering, Beijing, China.
In residence with ESAG: March 2008 – September 2010 (Research Associate).
Emanuele Martelli is an assistant professor in the Department of Energy, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy.
In residence with ESAG: March 2007- August 2007, March 2009 (Visiting Researcher).
In residence with ESAG: 2013- June 2017 (Research Associate).
Socolow, Professor Emeritus of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, is interested in the characteristics of a global energy system responsive to global and local environmental and security constraints. His specific areas of interest include carbon dioxide capture from fossil fuels and storage in geological formations, nuclear power, energy efficiency in buildings, and the acceleration of deployment of advanced technologies in developing countries.
Maurizio Spinelli is a Ph.D. candidate in the Dipartimento di Energetica, Politecnico di Milano, Italy.
In residence with ESAG: May – October, 2014 (Visiting Graduate Student).
Massimo Tavoni, Senior Researcher at Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM). In residence with PEI and the ESAG: 2008-2010.
Robert H. Williams founded and led the Energy Systems Analysis Group during a 41-year career at Princeton University that concluded in early 2017. He is currently Senior Research Scientist, Emeritus, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. He is interested in fuel cells for transportation and stationary power applications, advanced gas turbine technologies for power generation, advanced technologies for producing hydrogen and other clean synthetic fuels from carbonaceous feedstocks, fuels decarbonization and CO2 sequestration, various renewable energy technologies, and nuclear energy (mainly proliferation and economic aspects). (Williams full CV)
These individuals have had past association with the Energy Systems Analysis Group. Under each name, the years spent as part of the ESAG and position in the Group or at Princeton University are given, followed by the last known institutional affiliation.
Clinton J. Andrews
1992-1997, Assistant Professor, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Rutgers University, Boustein School, Urban Planning and Policy Development Program
Michael J. Antal
1975-1982, Assistant Professor, Princeton, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.
University of Hawaii, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
1983 MSE, Princeton, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department
Samuel F. Baldwin
1986-1989?, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Energy & Environmental Studies.
U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewables.
David L. Bohac
19?? MSE, Princeton, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.
Energy Conservation Center?, Minneapolis, Minnesota
2008-2009 Visiting Fellow, Princeton Environmental Institute, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Italy
Herbert F. Bormann
19??-19??, Visiting Senior Research Scientist, Center for Energy & Environmental Studies.
Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies?
1992-1997, Research Associate, Center for Energy & Environmental Studies. USDOE Lab, New York City
2002-2003, Research Associate, Princeton Environmental Institute, UC Berkley, Chemical Engineering Department
2010, Visiting Scholar, Energy Systems Analysis Group
Haiping Chen is a professor in the Energy and Power Engineering Department, North China Electric Power University, Beijing.
Jeffrey S. Chen
1995 MSE, Princeton, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.
1992 PhD., Princeton, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.
Politecnico di Milano, Departimento di Energetica
2007-2011 PhD. MAE Princeton, Boston Consolting Group, Paris
Ogunlade R. Davidson
19??-19??, Visiting Researcher, Center for Energy & Environmental Studies.
University of Cape Town, Energy Development Research Center
John M. DeCicco
1988 Ph.D., Princeton, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.
Environmental Defense, Washington, DC
2004 MSE Princeton, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. BP, England
Mark A. Delucchi
1990?-1991?, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Energy & Environmental Studies
University of California – Davis, Institute for Transportation Studies
2003 MSE, Princeton, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, Colorado
Diamond, Richard (Rick)
10/86 to 6/87; Soc of Bldg Sci Educators Amer Lung Assoc Environ Wrkg Grp Harvard Grad Sch Design
Gautum S. Dutt
1976-1986, Research Engineer, Center for Energy & Environmental Studies
National University of Argentina, Buenos Aires.
2007 Visiting graduate student, Princeton Environmental Institute
Post-doctoral researcher at Dipartamento di Elettronica e Informazione, Politecnico di Milano, and FEEM, Milano
2010, Visiting Scholar, Energy Systems Analysis Group
SINOPEC’s Research Institute for Petroleum Processing, Beijing
1991 Ph.D., Princeton, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department
Cambridge University, England
1997 MSE, Princeton, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department
Ballard, Inc., Vancouver, British Columbia
1997-1998, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Energy & Environmental Studies.
1994-1997, Post Doctoral Fellow, Center for Energy & Environmental Studies.
Stockholm Environmetal Institute, Boston, Massachussetts.
Ryan E. Katofsky
1993 MSE, Princeton, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.
Navigant Consulting, Inc., Burlington, Massachussetts.
2012-2013, Visiting Scholar, Energy Systems Analysis Group
SINOPEC’s Research Institute of Petroleum Processing, Beijing
Lars J. Nilsson
1994-1995, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Energy & Environmental Studies
University of Lund, Department of Energy and Environmental Systems Studies
Joan M. Ogden
1986-2003, Research Scientist, Center for Energy & Environmental Studies and Princeton Environmental Institute. Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy as well as an appointment in the Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis.
1997-2002, Visiting Senior Research Scientist at Center for Energy & Environmental Studies. Srinivasan’s research was in basic and applied electrochemistry, bioelectrochemistry, and electrochemical energy conversion and storage. Deceased
2003-2008, Princeton, Electrical Engineering Department. NRDC, NY
1995-1996, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Energy & Environmental Studies.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California.
2006-2010, Ph.D., Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Industrial Performance Center
200? MSE Princeton Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.
2010 Visiting graduate student, Princeton Environmental Institute
Ph.D. candidate, Thermal Engineering Department, Tsinghau Unversity, China