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Air and Energy Production Research

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The energy choices we make as a society clearly influence air quality and climate change. In an evolving energy landscape, how do we make sustainable energy decisions that balance environmental, economic, and social objectives?

Researchers are studying the potential health and environmental impacts of using different energy sources such as petroleum and biofuels-fuels derived from plant matter.

The research goals include:
  • Evaluate the impacts of changes in the energy system to climate and air quality.
  • Assess the impacts of air quality on biomass as an energy source.
  • Identify and analyze models and approaches to assist with understanding impacts of emerging energy technologies and resources.

The research will improve the ability of the nation to evaluate the potential costs, benefits and risks associated with production and use of emerging energy resources.

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