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A Sustainable Technology Seminar Series:

Policy/Economic Analysis of

Sustainable Chemical/Material Technologies

"Process Systems Engineering For Renewable Energy" 

Christos Maravelias
University of Wisconsin

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
11:30 - 12:30 
Bren Hall 1424

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We discuss how process systems engineering (PSE) studies can facilitate the development of novel strategies for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals. First, we present process synthesis and technoeconomic evaluation studies for catalytic biomass- to-fuels processes, and illustrate how systems-level analyses can be coupled with experimental heterogeneous catalysis studies to identify promising research directions. Second, we develop a general framework for process synthesis where surrogate unit models for novel technologies are generated and employed for the generation of integrated processes; we discuss the application of the proposed framework to a number of applications. Finally, we present an optimization-based framework for the assessment of biomass-to-fuel production strategies. Specifically, we generate a technology superstructure that consists of a wide range of technologies and formulate optimization models that allow us to: (i) evaluate alternative biofuels strategies, (ii) identify the major technological barriers and cost drivers of a given strategy, and (iii) quantify the impact of uncertainty.

Christos Maravelias is an associate professor of chemical and biological engineering at the University of Wisconsin. His research focuses on process systems engineering within the following fields: production planning and scheduling, pharmaceutical R&D pipeline management, chemical process synthesis, supply chain management, renewable fuel technology development and assessment, and computational methods for novel material discovery. He earned his PhD in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, his MS in operational research from the London School of Economics, and his diploma in chemical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens.


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