Delia Batdorff ’23


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Project Title

Analyzing Resilient Net-zero Energy Pathways Using Structured Risk Assessment

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Certificate(s): Robotics and Intelligent Systems, Sustainable Energy

I worked to identify, evaluate, and research mitigation strategies for the risks associated with Net-Zero America, which is an effort to reach net-zero emissions in the United States by 2050. Our internship group performed a risk assessment on two of the four pathways associated with Net-Zero America. We researched the various risks associated with a number of potential energy sources (e.g., solar, wind, nuclear, carbon capture and sequestration, and biomass). We then used a framework developed by the International Organization for Standardization to quantify and manage the risks associated with the two different pathways in order to identify which pathway had more extreme risks. I focused on researching the techno-industrial risks associated with each energy source. This included researching safety, mechanical, and construction risks.

Internship Year


Project Category

Urban Sustainability


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


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