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Mon, 25 Nov 2019 19:31:08 +0000
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Title: Maximizing Our Impact: A call for the standardization of techno-economic analyses for sustainable energy systems design research
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Tuesday, 11/26 @ 11 ET
Prof. Thomas A. Adams II, McMaster University

One of the largest engineering challenges of our time is finding technical solutions that permit the use of our energy resources in a sustainable way. To achieve meaningful and positive change, new energy systems must adhere to the triple bottom line of sustainability; new technical solutions must be economically, socio-politically, and environmentally sustainable, such that they can be rapidly adopted and accepted. The engineering literature is full of many technical proposals for new energy systems, but it is challenging to objectively look at them all, see through the hype, and decide which are the best and most promising technologies in which to invest our research and development dollars. That is why we are calling for energy systems researchers to change how they conduct techno-economic analyses through a new standardization framework such that we can much more rapidly understand how each study fits into the bigger picture. In this talk, a call for the development of a new ISO standard will be presented, including the nature of the standard, its potential uses and impacts, and how you can get involved in its development. With this new standard, companies, governments, and researchers will be able to most effectively direct our research, development, capitalization, financing, and investment efforts to make the wisest decisions about how to develop our energy systems across North America and the rest of world.

Dr. Thomas A. Adams II, P.Eng, is an Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering at McMaster University. His research interests are in process systems engineering, particularly with regards to the modeling, simulation, and design of sustainable chemical and energy processes. Areas of application include power generation, carbon capture, synthetic fuels, alternative fuels, advanced distillation technology, mobile and modular chemical plants, energy conversion, eco-techno-economic analyses, and others. He is a Section Editor-In-Chief of the journal Processes, the chair of the Systems & Control Division of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE), and the author of the popular textbook Learn Aspen Plus in 24 Hours. He has recently been recognized with awards such as the Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering's Lectureship Award, CSChE's Emerging Leader award, Ontario's Early Researcher Award, received the title of University Scholar at McMaster, and was named in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research's 2018 Class of Most Influential Researchers.

I hope you can join us for the webinar. I'll post the recording to YouTube after the event and put a link here:

Best regards,

John Hedengren
Associate Professor
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602