Graduation Year


Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis


Best Senior Thesis in Environment, Economics, and Politics

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Environment, Economics, and Politics (EEP)

Reader 1

Professor William Ascher

Rights Information

Kiran A Kruse


Renewable energy technologies are a critical component of efforts to mitigate global climate change. Developing new technologies is crucial to facilitate moving the global energy portfolio away from dependence on fossil fuels. Success stories, such as solar, wind and hydroelectric energy, have provided a roadmap for developers of emerging technologies hoping to contribute to the energy transition. These industries all have strengths and weaknesses, and today’s most widespread technologies do not have the capacity to meet the global energy demand. This thesis examines the environmental, regulatory, and economic barriers, including raising sufficient capital, faced by three emerging renewable technologies: wave energy converters, geothermal energy, and small-scale nuclear reactors, as well as providing recommendations to expedite their development.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.