Energy systems evolve based on resource availability, fuel prices, technology costs, supply and demand structure, and government policy, to name a few influences. Techno‑economic models can capture these elements to provide forecasting and insight, assisting analysis of each technology’s role, constraints, and relationship to one another. Natural gas is poised to have an integral role in the future of many systems, such as aiding the penetration of intermittent renewables like wind in power systems. What will future energy systems look like? How cost effective are carbon taxes? How sensitive are the systems to fuel prices? With the support of PICS, supervision of Drs. Peter Wild and Andrew Rowe, and contributions from others on the team, Benjamin’s research will address these questions.
Benjamin Lyseng received his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta, which included some coursework and an internship in Germany. Upon completion he worked in the HVAC industry for a few years as a mechanical system designer and LEED® AP specializing in low‑energy residential buildings. In 2010 Benjamin moved to Norway to carry out his MSc in Energy and Environmental Technology at Telemark University College. He began his PhD at the University of Victoria in 2012 with Drs. Peter Wild and Andrew Rowe.
When not at the office he enjoys floorball, motorcycle rides, and making music.