Benjamin Finch ’23

Major

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Title

Analyzing Resilient Net-zero Energy Pathways Using Structured Risk Assessment

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I contributed to two energy transition research projects. Firstly, I conducted a systematic risk assessment of two of the energy transition pathways modeled by the Net-Zero America (NZA) study. I determined criteria for the consequence and likelihood of different risk types by combing the literature for different risks, and then evaluated these risks. I also modeled the copper, lithium, and rare earth metal energy related demand for all of the NZA pathways. In my second research project, I examined potential capital shortages of an energy transition in the United States. This work involved determining the total and high-risk (pre-financial investment decision) annual capital requirements for each of the NZA project modeled pathways. Then, I compared these annual quantities of total capital and high-risk capital to current and projected clean technology capital expenditure in the United States by banks, conventional energy companies, utilities, and renewable energy companies. I honed my data-processing skills by building a computer program to process large sets of expenditure data, and also deepened my understanding of the mechanics of efficient energy transition pathways and the unprecedented capital requirements of these pathways.



Internship Year

2022

Project Category

Urban Sustainability

Organization(s)

Energy Systems Analysis Group, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University - Princeton, New Jersey

Mentor(s)

Chris Greig, Theodora D. ’78 & William H. Walton III ’74 Senior Research Scientist, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment; Richard Moss, Visiting Research Collaborator, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment