Criticality signals from metal price fluctuations with a focus on photovoltaics

Goksin Kavlak


Goksin Kavlak is a doctoral student at the Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS) at MIT. Goksin’s research interests are in building frameworks to analyze the scalability of renewable energy technologies, especially solar photovoltaics (PV). Her most recent work focused on developing a mathematical model to understand the factors that have contributed to the dramatic cost reduction in solar PV panels in the last 40 years. She also worked on quantifying the material requirements for large-scale PV deployment and comparing scalability of different PV technologies based on materials needs. Before joining MIT, she worked on projects related to materials supply risk assessment, carbon footprinting and life cycle assessment. She received a Master of Environmental Science (M.E.Sc) degree from Yale University, and a B.S. degree in industrial engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul.


The cost decline observed in renewable energy technologies such as photovoltaics (PV) was possible due to ongoing research, production and installation experience, and scale economies. However, there may be materials... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Goksin Kavlak (MIT)
  2. Jessika E Trancik (MIT)

Topic Areas

• Socio-economic metabolism and material flow analysis , • Sustainable energy systems , • Advances in methods (e.g., life cycle assessment, social impact assessment, resilience a


MS-12 » Materials Criticality and Resilience 1 (11:45 - Monday, 26th June, Room I)

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