Christos T. Maravelias (Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison)

Process systems engineering for renewable energy
Friday 29 September 2017 at 13.00, Sanderson Building, Classroom 2

Abstract

We discuss how process systems engineering studies can facilitate the development of novel strategies for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals. First, we present process synthesis 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 using experimental data or offline simulations and employed for the development of integrated processes; we discuss the application of the proposed framework to a number of renewable energy applications. Finally, we present an optimization-based framework for the assessment of biofuel 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 strategies, (ii) identify the major technological and cost drivers, and (iii) quantify the impact of uncertainty.

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