The TEES Gas and Fuels Research Center and the Texas A&M Energy Institute will host a special joint seminar on energy featuring Dr. Mariano Martín, an Associate Professor of chemical engineering at the University of Salamanca and leader of the Sustainable processes and products lab, will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CDT (UTC -5:00) in the Frederick E. Giesecke Engineering Research Building (GERB) Third Floor Conference Room. The topic will be “Multiscale Analysis for a Social Energy Transition: Waste and Power to X to Power Process Design and Deployment.”
With the expected growth in energy consumption and the current trend towards a sustainable and renewable power system, a number of challenges must be addressed including the production of power from alternative sources and the need for backup when solar and wind energy are not available. In this talk, we present a multiscale optimization approach to evaluate the use of renewable resources towards the energy transition and the effect opportunities that it presents for society. Over several examples, the design challenges of integrated facilities towards waste and power-to-chemicals-to-power are presented, including biomethane, methanol, ammonia, or metal hydrides and the possibilities in terms of wealth and job generation when fossil-based thermal plants are substituted by renewable based facilities to provide base load in the energy transition.
El Dr. Martín is an Associate Professor of chemical engineering (already certified as a full professor) at the University of Salamanca and leader of the Sustainable processes and products lab. Graduated with honors in Chemical engineering, and was awarded the Outstanding Thesis recognition in 2008. He joined P&G where he led the last challenge in the laundry business for which he obtained the P&G award for its outstanding contribution to modeling and simulation. He was a Fulbright Scholar under Prof. Ignacio E. Grossmann here at CMU before accepting the challenge of building a process laboratory in the oldest university in Spain (est. 1218). El prof. Martín was named “Next Generation in Chemical Engineering” by Imperial College London in 2016 and has been included within the 1% of top researchers in Chemical engineering by Stanford university Ranking since it was released, he has authored over 170 papers in peer-reviewed journals (h=37 SCOPUS), 50 book chapters, 2 monographic books and 6 textbooks for Elsevier, Springer in CRC Press. He is the editor of journals such as LAAR, PIOS, Sustainability, and Int. J. Green energy.