Delia Batdorff ’23
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Analyzing Resilient Net-zero Energy Pathways Using Structured Risk Assessment
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.
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