Energy Initiative Awards Seven New Seed Grants

Research projects that explore new possibilities for energy storage, reliability, and sustainable development will receive funding in 2017 from the Duke University Energy Initiative’s Energy Research Seed Fund.

Disaggregating and projecting future electricity demand in China (2015-2050): Temporal and spatial features based on a bottom-up approach

Decisions about China’s electricity sector, which accounts for a quarter of the world’s coal consumption and about 10 percent of its CO2 emissions, will have profound and long-lasting implications for the availability and price of energy resources worldwide and the state of our natural environment. For China to meet its own carbon emissions reduction goals while satisfying the energy needs of its economic growth, the government must consider 1) the economic, environmental and reliability implications of energy sources; and 2) key demand-side alternatives such as end-use energy efficiency and demand side management. Dalia Patiño-Echeverri, Ildo Luis Sauer, and Mark Borsuk will work to understand determinants of electricity demand in order to project different demand scenarios at high resolution. The team’s work will be focused on China, but models and tools will be designed to allow for easy replication in research on Brazil, Mexico and Colombia.