Brett Williams, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Engineer

Brett Williams has worked for more than 15 years with leading companies and academic researchers in the U.S. and Europe to investigate the wide, rapid, and responsible commercialization of alternative fuels, electric-drive vehicles, and efficient, green power systems.

Current major research activities include: 1) exploring plug-in-vehicle and electric-fuel implementation in California; 2) analyzing plug-in-vehicle battery secondary use (e.g., post-vehicle repurposing into stationary energy-storage appliances to supply grid-support services) for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and in collaboration with UC Davis, CCSE, San Diego Gas & Electric, and AeroVironment; and 3) working in partnership with Toyota and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District on projects involving demonstration and study of Toyota-made plug-in-hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles.

Williams received his PhD in Transportation Technology & Policy at UC Davis exploring early market development for plug-in/plug-out hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) power. While at UC Davis, he also taught graduate and undergraduate courses, earned a business-development certificate from the Graduate School of Management, worked for Ford, and received NSF IGERT, DOE GATE, UC Transportation Center, and Eno Transportation Foundation fellowships.

Previously, Williams was a senior analyst for Amory Lovins at the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), an entrepreneurial non-profit organization fostering technologies and strategies that enhance energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact. There he helped spin off Hypercar, Inc. (now Fiberforge), consulted for automotive and energy firms, and joined the delegation to the 1999 G8 Environmental Futures Summit.

He received an M.Phil. in environment and development from Cambridge University (UK) and a B.A. in physics/public policy analysis from Pomona College (Claremont, CA), theses with distinction.

 

 

 

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