Research

FREE offers research services to clients seeking creative answers to today’s energy and sustainability challenges by employing the power of collaborative research. Project-specific research teams of experts are formed to solve multi-disciplinary problems at the intersection of technology, energy, finance, policy, and the environment.

FREE Research Team

Our Team is comprised of research leaders and rising talent in the field who offer sound, analytically based guidance to clients who are searching for ways to promote a better future based on energy, water and materials conservation, renewable energy use, environmental resilience, and sustainable livelihoods. We are not a private consultancy and Team members have no conflicts of interest with industries or governments active in the energy and environment field.

Work conducted by FREE’s research team includes interdisciplinary analysis of challenges faced by national governments, institutions, non-profit agencies, cities, and non-governmental organizations. Research outputs include advanced research reports, working papers, peer-reviewed publications, policy briefs, and strategic guidelines for the practical implementation of new ideas.

RESEARCH LEADS

Dr. John Byrne
Co-founder and President

John Byrne is the Chairman and President of the Foundation for Renewable Energy & Environment (FREE). The Foundation was created in 2011 with a mission of promoting a better future based on energy, water and materials conservation, renewable energy use, environmental resilience, and sustainable livelihoods.

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Job Taminiau

Dr. Job Taminiau
Research Principal

Dr. Job Taminiau oversees research that advances the mission statement of FREE. He leads projects on ‘best practice’ energy efficiency policy, green technology investment, climate-sensitive economic development, and energy conservation awareness for public sector clients in and beyond the U.S.

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OUR TEAM

Debbie Bleviss
Senior Research Fellow

Deborah Lynn Bleviss is a Professor in, and the Administrative Director of, the Energy, Resources and Environment Program and has served as a Professorial Lecturer at SAIS since 1993.

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John Banks
Senior Research Fellow

Mr. Banks is an Adjunct Professor and Visiting Scholar at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. In addition to teaching a graduate-level course…

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Baird Brown
Senior Research Fellow

C. Baird Brown is Of Counsel in the firm’s Environment and Energy Practice Group. His practice includes the development and financing of electric generating facilities, waste disposal and recycling facilities…

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Dr. Sharad Lele
Senior Research Fellow

Sharachchandra (Sharad) Lele got a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering in IIT Bombay (1984) but then decided that environmental studies was more exciting and socially relevant…

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Dr. Sun-Jin Yun
Senior Research Fellow

Sun-Jin Yun has a Ph.D. in environmental and energy policy from CEEP. She is currently a Professor of Environmental Studies at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Seoul National University, Korea…

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Dr. Shih-Jung Hsu
Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Shih-Jung Hsu holds a Ph.D. from CEEP. He is currently Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Land Economics at the National Chengchi Universtiy (NCCU), Taiwan…

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Dr. Kathleen Saul
Research Fellow

Kathleen received her Ph.D. in Energy and Environmental Policy from CEEP with a dissertation that looked at the displacement of people associated with nuclear technology…

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Dr. Joseph Nyangon
Research Fellow

Dr. Joseph Nyangon is Research Fellow at FREE, with a focus on new business and policy models for distributed clean energy generation…

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Dr. Yoonhee Ha
Research Fellow

Dr. Yoonhee Ha is a professor at the Graduate School of Energy and Environment (Green School) of Korea University, specializing in public energy finance and sustainable development. …

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Dr. Chun Zhu
Research Fellow

Dr. Chun Zhu has a Ph.D. from the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP) and she received her master’s degree in Public Policy from the George Washington University in 2009…

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Dr. Jeongseok Seo
Research Fellow

Dr. Jeongseok Seo has a Ph.D. from the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Delaware. He is FREE’s liaison for the 1GWp solar city project with Seoul Metropolitan Government…

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Benjamin Attia
Research Fellow

‎Research Associate, Global Solar Markets at GTM Research Benjamin Attia leads Greentech Media Research’s Global Demand coverage of international downstream solar markets…

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Dr. Chu Chu
Research Fellow

Chu Chu has a Ph.D. in Energy and Environmental Policy from CEEP, University of Delaware. She has a Bachelor degree of Equipment Agriculture Science & Engineering…

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Joohee Lee
Research Associate

Joohee Lee is a Ph.D. student at the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Delaware. She holds an M.S. degree in Urban Planning and Engineering from Yonsei University, South Korea…

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Soojin Shin
Research Associate

Soojin Shin has a background in environmental science and engineering and is a Ph.D. candidate at the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy…

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Jing Xu
Research Associate

‎Jing Xu is a Ph.D. student at the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Delaware. She is currently working on projects funded by the National Science Foundation and the Delaware General Assembly…

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Anneliese Gegenheimer
Research Associate

Anneliese Gegenheimer is a graduate student at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C…

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Disclaimer:

Collaboration on briefings, papers, blogs or other activities by independent contributing authors is not an indication of employment or voluntary association.