“I intended to be an artist until I realized that all our infrastructure systems are open-ended and in a closed system called Earth – clearly not sustainable. So I have dedicated myself to creating sustainable systems.”
Karl Johnson is a Research Coordinator who manages BECI’s energy-efficient technology development, market connection, strategic planning and evaluation activities. He joined BECI from California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE).
Karl has 30 years of experience in the energy field working in energy R&D program and project management, energy-efficient technology development and implementation, demonstration and evaluation of emerging technologies, market connection and transformation programs and the organization of collaborative research programs.
Karl has authored papers on a wide range of commercial, residential and industrial energy technologies including lighting, direct current systems, heating, cooling, water heating, appliances, energy analysis tools, controls, commissioning, monitoring, cogeneration, and renewable technologies. The impacts of his efforts have drawn numerous recognitions including the “Advancing Energy Efficiency in Food Service” award by the Pacific Gas & Electric Company. Karl has developed and managed national and international programs such as the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) Lighting Research Office for applying emerging energy technologies in various markets: college and university, K-12, offices, foodservice, industry, and healthcare. He has served on many advisory committees including the U.S. Department of Energy, California Energy Commission, New York Energy Research and Development Agency, and EMerge Alliance.
More about Karl Johnson:
Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering – Product Design, Stanford University
Bachelor of Science, Economics and Fine Art, Denison University
Direct Current as an Enabling Platform