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Environmental Impacts of Energy Systems

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Energy Systems 

Point of Contact: Dr. Thomas Holsen, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Environmental Impacts of Energy Systems (S. Dhaniyala, A. Ferro, T. Holsen, P. Hopke, S. Powers, S. Rogers, A. Rossner)

Researchers have estimated that over 80% of our global air pollution arises from our energy systems. Researchers at Clarkson have been measuring and modeling emissions, downwind concentrations, and human exposure to transportation and power production energy systems for many years. Other researchers are working to estimate the overall lifecycle environmental impacts of a variety of energy systems.. 

Current Collaborators and Funding Partners
Recent  Publications
  • Powers, S.E. (2007), Integrating Variability into Inventory Estimates of Non-point Source Nutrient Loads from Energy Crop Production. Int. J. LCA 12(6): 391-398. (
  • Sunder Raman, R., P. K. Hopke, and T. M. Holsen (2008), Carbonaceous aerosol at two rural locations in New York State: Characterization and behavior, J. Geophys. Res., 113, D12202, doi:10.1029/2007JD009281
  • Choi H.-D., Holsen, T.M., and Hopke, P.K., Atmospheric Mercury (Hg) in the Adirondacks: Concentrations and Sources. (2008) Environ Sci Technol, 42, 5644–5653.
  • Lavigne, A., S.E. Powers (2007), Valuing fuel ethanol feedstock options from multiple energy perspectives: corn and corn stover feedstocks. Energy Policy, 35: 5918–5930,.
  • Dominguez-Faus, R., S.E. Powers, J. Burken, P. Alvarez (2009), The Water Footprint of Biofuels: A Drink or Drive Issue? Environ. Sci. Technol. 43(9): 3005–3010 (feature article) (DOI: 10.1021/es802162x) 
  • Powers, S.E., R. Dominguez-Faus, P.J.J. Alvarez, “Commentary - The water footprint of biofuel production in the United States.” Biofuels, (invited for the inaugural issue) (in press) 2010. 

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