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Upcoming UConn Events
CBE Seminar - Finding the signal in the noise: Determining North Americaâs best path forward for sustainable energy
Thursday, April 25th, 2019
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Storrs CampusGant North, Rm 20
Dr. Thomas Adams
Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Graduate Department of Chemical Engineering 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. In order to achieve meaningful and positive change, new energy systems must adhere to the triple bottom line of sustainability. This means that 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 a great many technical proposals for new energy systems, but it turns out to be quite hard 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. In this talk, I will present a case study with the results of our recent meta-study covering over 100 candidate electricity generation systems with carbon dioxide capture, in order to determine which are the most promising classes of technologies. I will show how meaningful big picture conclusions can only be made when using certain consistent standards and methodologies, and present some surprising results about where we should be headed in the fossil-based power generation sector. Then, I will show how this methodology can be extended to other kinds of studies, and make a call 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. With these changes, we will be able to most effectively direct our research money and effort to make the wisest decisions about how to develop our energy systems across Canada and the rest of North America.
Thomas A. Adams II, P.Eng, is an Associate Professor and the Associate Chair, Graduate of Chemical Engineering at McMaster University. He received dual bachelorâs degrees in chemical engineering and computer science from the Michigan State University Honors College in 2003. He received his PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 under the supervision of Warren D. Seider as an NSF Graduate Fellow and completed his postdoctoral training at MIT under Paul I. Barton in 2010. He is the chair of the Systems & Control Division of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering and an active member of the McMaster Advanced Control Consortium and the McMaster Institute for Energy Studies. He is the 2018 recipient of the Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award, the 2017 recipient of the CSChE Emerging Leader in Chemical Engineering Award, as well as a recipient of the Ontario Early Researcher Award, the Presidentâs Award for Excellence in
Thursday, April 25th, 2019
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Storrs CampusBPB 131
Friday, April 26th, 2019
08:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Law SchoolWilliam F. Starr Hall - Reading Room
these factors combined with changes in precipitation, drought,Â and human migration exacerbated by climate change have increasedÂ the disruption of local food supplies for the worldâs mostÂ vulnerable. Locally, farmers in New England must adapt to theÂ impacts of a changing climate and the effects on agriculturalÂ production in our region. Agricultural farm workers are theÂ backbone of the food production system, and despite the longÂ legacy of agricultural exceptionalism in the United States, theyÂ have fewer protections than other workers.