Instructor: Derek Sylvan
United States Department of Energy If the United States hopes to meet its greenhouse gas emissions reduction target from the Paris climate change conference (and the even stricter targets that are expected to follow in future years), it will need to vastly increase its use of renewable energy. Batteries and other energy storage solutions will play an integral role in this process, as these technologies can help alleviate concerns about the intermittent availability of renewable energy sources. Batteries can also accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels by improving the capabilities of electric vehicles.
The development and deployment of new energy technologies is a notoriously difficult process. However, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) has a variety of tools at its disposal to spur innovation and help bring promising technologies to market. This capstone seminar will explore how government policies might be able to help advance the development of promising energy storage technologies.
As part of this capstone project, students will assess the current landscape of energy storage technologies and learn about DOE’s avenues for aiding technology development, such as the ARPA-E program, the national labs, the DOE loan guarantee program, various public-private partnerships, and funding for utility pilot projects. Students will then craft specific recommendations for how DOE can accelerate the development of energy storage technologies. The Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU Law School will feature some students’ research and recommendations as part of a report that will be shared with officials at DOE in 2017.