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Sustainable Energy Conversion Processes

We are developing new, more sustainable processes which convert biomass, coal, natural gas, shale oil, and/or nuclear energy into energy products such as electricity, gasoline, diesel, methanol, dimethyl ether, and hydrogen. Process innovations can reduce lifecycle CO2 emissions, improve the thermal and carbon efficiencies, reduce fossil fuel consumption, and increase the profitability. For example, we are investigating processes which use solid oxide fuel cells to generate electricity. Not only are SOFCs efficient electrochemical devices, but when properly integrated into an energy system, electricity can be produced from fossil fuels with zero CO2 emissions. However, many challenges must be overcome before they can be used flexibly and reliably enough to satisfy peaking power demands at the municipal scale. Other projects of interest include flexible and sustainable polygeneration processes which can change their products throughout the day based on market prices or demand, and chemical looping-based polygeneration processes which can co-produce liquid fuels and electricity with zero CO2 emissions.

Image from J Power Sources, 228 281-293 (2013)

Dr. Thomas A. Adams II
Associate Professor
Lingyan Deng
Ph.D. Candidate
Haoxiang Lai
Ph.D. Candidate
Ikenna J. Okeke
Ph.D. Candidate
Techno-economic and environmental analyses of a novel, sustainable process for production of liquid fuels
Applied Energy , 236 850-866 (2019)  -  [ Publisher Version ]
Life Cycle Assessment of Petroleum Coke Gasification to Fischer-Tropsch Diesel
Computer Aided Chemical Engineering, 46 1495-1500 (2019)  -  [ Publisher Version ]
Modeling and Simulation of a Waste Tire to Liquefied Synthetic Natural Gas (SNG) Plant
Avinash, Shankar Rammohan Subramanian, Donghoi, Kim, Adams, T. A. II, Truls, Gundersen
Computer Aided Chemical Engineering, 47 397-402 (2019)  -  [ Publisher Version ]
Maximizing Our Impact: A Call for The Standardization Of Techno-Economic Analyses For Sustainable Energy Systems Design Research
Computer Aided Chemical Engineering, 47 359-364 (2019)  -  [ Publisher Version ]
Systems Design of A Petroleum Coke IGCC Power Plant: Technical, Economic, And Life Cycle Perspectives
Computer Aided Chemical Engineering, 47 163-168 (2019)  -  [ Publisher Version ]
Special Issue: Modeling and simulation of energy systems
Processes, 7 523 (2019)  -  [ Publisher Version | Open Access Version (free) ]
Techno-economic and environmental assessment of conceptually designed in situ lipid extraction process from microalgae
Nezammahalleh, H.Adams, T. A. II, Ghanati, Faezeh, Nostrati, Mohsen, Shojaosadati, Seyed Abbas
Algal Research, 35 547-560 (2018)  -  [ Publisher Version ]
Biomass-Gas-and-Nuclear-To-Liquids (BGNTL) Processes Part I: Model Development and Simulation
Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 96 1853-1871 (2018)  -  [ Publisher Version | Open Access Version (free) ]
A direct steam generation concentrated solar power plant with a decalin/naphthalene thermochemical storage system
Chem Eng Res Des, 131 584-599 (2018)  -  [ Publisher Version | Open Access Version (free) ]
Combining petroleum coke and natural gas for efficient liquid fuels production
Energy, 163 426-442 (2018)  -  [ Publisher Version ]