BU-Columbia U-GEIDCO Partnership Research on the Global Sustainable Energy Transition

   

Welcome

ISE has been awarded grants to research critical sustainable energy transition issues with Columbia University’s Center for Global Energy Policy (CU) and China’s Global Energy Infrastructure and Development Cooperative Organization (GEIDCO). The Institute’s work is focused on advancing the transition to sustainable energy systems and solutions to bring meaningful insights. The aim is to help enhance practices, which reduce carbon emissions and facilitate the transition to clean energy platforms.


Study Areas

Electrification of Transportation – Focus on Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

China and the US are the two most significant emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG) impacting global climate change. There are lessons to be learned from China for the US and vice-versa on mitigating GHG in the transportation sector. ISE is studying the public EV charging infrastructure requirements for the electrification of transportation. Researchers are using case studies involving several cities around the world of their experiences in developing public EV charging infrastructure. The project work is nearly complete. A book consolidating multiple case studies, analytical modeling, and learning from China and US experiences, as well as other locations around the world is scheduled for publication in Q1, 2019.

Africa Electrification in the 21st Century

ISE is researching the state of African electrification with a focus on practical planning methods presently in use among nations and power pools in Africa. The goal of the research is to contribute to a greater understanding of emerging planning tools for integrating multi-layered power systems into existing African power planning.  New layers of grid systems include integration of clean energy resources at both utility-scale and as distributed sources, including microgrids, minigrids, and nanogrids.

Clarity of planning methods and practices is an important prerequisite to effective, timely, and sufficient financing of new electrification investments, whether centralized or distributed.  The Institute is sharing its work with GEIDCO and pursing collaborative efforts related to the electrification of Africa and the clean energy transition in Latin America.

Broad Policy and Process Considerations Related to the Overall Clean Energy Transition

This collaborative research program is focused on advancing clean energy solutions to climate impacting segments of the US and China economies. ISE’s research is focused on understanding both the what and the how of achieving a clean energy transition.  ISE is working jointly with CU and in collaboration with GEIDCO. The work will focus on understanding the similarities and differences in approach to transitions taken by China and the US. The goal is to learn from each other to improve outcomes for both countries. The work will result in publications and events for policy-makers and researchers later in 2019.


Team

The researchers focused on policies and practices that contribute to the global clean energy transition.

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Funder

Funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, ISE has been awarded grants to research critical sustainable energy transition issues with Columbia University’s Center for Global Energy Policy (CU) and China’s Global Energy Infrastructure and Development Cooperative Organization (GEIDCO).


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Always, we are interested in innovation and creative pathways to making a more sustainable environment and welcome colleagues and students from around the world to join us as we pursue the mission of the Institute to ensure that the energy systems of the world provide abundant, sustainable, and universally accessible energy services to both emerging and advanced economies, as well as the mission of Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, to prepare innovative and ethical leaders who understand the impact of business on society and who create value for the world.


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