PhD Research - Joseph Bergesen

MS Environmental Science and Management, UC Santa Barbara; BS Physics
UC Santa Barbara; BA Slavic Languages and Literature, UC Santa Barbara

Mitigating climate change requires a long-term transition toward renewable and low-carbon energy production as well as widespread adoption of energy-efficient technologies that reduce energy demand, bringing about changing environmental impacts and changing consumption of natural resources. I use life-cycle assessment (LCA) to study the long-term environmental benefits and tradeoffs of using rapidly advancing technologies to curb greenhouse gas emissions, such as thin-film photovoltaic solar power and energy-efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs). By developing dynamic LCA models that evenly compare renewable energy–producing and efficient energy-saving technologies based on their ability to provide energy services, Joe endeavors to help policy makers optimize investments in research and development and choose the most environmentally benign technologies to combat climate change.

Year Admitted: 2011
Research Areas: Industrial Ecology, Life Cycle Assessment, Renewable Energy
Faculty Advisor: Sangwon Suh


Publications

  • Bergesen, Heath, Gibon, Suh. “Thin film photovoltaic power generation offers decreasing greenhouse gas.  emissions and increasing environmental co-benefits in the long Term.” Environmental Science & Technology 2014 48 (16), 9834-9843.

  • Hertwich, Gibon, Bouman, Arvesen, Suh, Ramirez, Coloma, Bergesen, Lei, Heath. “Integrated life cycle assessment of electricity supply scenarios confirms global environmental benefit of low-carbon technologies.” 2014. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. doi:10.1073/pnas.1312753111

  • Bergesen, Tähkämö, Suh. “The Long-term Global Environmental Implications of Efficient Light-source Technologies.” 2014. Journal of Industrial Ecology (In Review).

  • Kulczycka, Lelek, Lewandowska, Wirth, Bergesen. “Environmental impacts of refined copper production - the consequences of technological changes from 2010 to 2050.” 2014. Journal of Industrial Ecology (Accepted).

  • Beucker, Bergesen. “Building energy management systems: global potentials and environmental implications of a deployment.” 2014. Journal of Industrial Ecology (In Review).

  • “The Benefits, Risk, and Trade-offs of Low-Carbon Technologies for Electricity Production.” UNEP International Resource Panel Special Report (In Press).

  • Bergesen, Suh, Heath, Lei, O’Donoughue, Gibon. “Photovoltaic Power.” Report Chapter. “The Benefits, Risk, and Trade-offs of Low-Carbon Technologies for Electricity Production.” UNEP International Resource Panel Special Report (In Press).


Fellowship awards

  • National Science Foundation ConvEne IGERT Fellow, 2012-2014
  • Institute for Energy Efficiency Holbrook Fellow, 2011-2012
  • Toyota Motor Sales Fellow, 2011-2012