Peter O'Connor

Kendall Science Fellow

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Peter O’Connor joined UCS in May 2015 as a Kendall Science Fellow. His research focuses on the integration of solar power and electric vehicles into the electricity system. Read Peter's bio.

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Looking towards Boston from Spectacle Island.

Wind Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Young by global standards, Boston is still one of the oldest cities in the United States. It has a fascinating and well-preserved history, with monuments, museums, and plaques everywhere you look. At the same time, it is a center of research and innovation, investigating the technologies that will shape our future. (Okay, I’m biased – I do love this city.) That dichotomy, respecting the past while looking towards the future, is also the story of wind power. Read more >

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Photo: Steve Fecht/General Motors

New Study on Smart Charging Connects EVs & The Grid

We know that electric vehicles (EVs) tend to be more environmentally friendly than gasoline cars. We also know that a future dominated by EVs poses a problem—what happens if everyone charges their cars at the same time (e.g., when they get home from work)? Read more >

Photo: Steve Fecht/General Motors
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Is the labor dependence of solar power a bad thing?

Solar Jobs, Coal Jobs, and the Value of Jobs in General

Science isn’t done by guesswork or gut instinct. It requires expertise not only to conduct but to evaluate; in-depth research in a field outside of my own is often beyond my ability to critique. I don’t have the knowledge to review a paper on molecular biology, although I might notice a really blindingly obvious flaw. Read more >

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What Electric Vehicle Sales in 2016 Mean for the Future of Transportation

I’m a fan of electric vehicles. What can we expect to happen with them, based on 2016 numbers? Read more >

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Source: Envision Solar

Electric Vehicles in the South: What’s on the Horizon?

We just helped convene a major electric vehicles conference. Here are our takeaways. Read more >

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