390749 Towards a Sustainable Energy Future: Modest Model Aided Optimization and Design of Energy Systems' Toolkit

Sunday, November 16, 2014
Galleria Exhibit Hall (Hilton Atlanta)
N.V.S.N. Murthy Konda, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory / Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), Berkeley, CA

Just over a decade into the 21st century and new millennium, it is becoming increasingly evident that energy security and climate change are two of the most defining challenges of our time and generations to come. Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet and we need to nurture a range of technologies to address these challenges. To accomplish this, motivated by my own diverse research experiences, several clean and green technologies need to be developed further. These include: .
  • Bioenergy (including advanced biofuels)
  • Carbon capture, transport and sequestration (technologies and infrastructure)
  • Hydrogen driven transportation (technologies and infrastructure)
  • Clean coal technologies (including integrated gasification combined cycle)
  • Renewable energy sources (including solar and wind)
  • Energy systems of the future (e.g., urban & rural energy systems, zero-carbon homes)
  • Water and healthcare (technologies and infrastructure)

Together, all these technologies have the potential to alleviate both the energy security and climate change concerns. This presentation will discuss effective use of various Systems Engineering tools in a comprehensive framework MODEST (Model aided Optimization, Design of Energy Systems’ Toolkit) to foster scientific innovation and facilitate the acceleration of commercial deployment of these technologies. Special emphasis will be on large-scale real world energy systems.

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