Texas A&M Conference on Energy: 2016 Technical Sessions

Technical Sessions at the Texas A&M Conference on Energy

1. Petroleum exploration and production
This session covers the exploration and production of petroleum, including discussions on conventional or unconventional reservoirs and drilling technologies. Contributed papers will examine the current research and outline the future trends in all the relevant fields associated with the exploitation of petroleum deposits.

2. Natural gas production and supply chain
This session covers the production of natural gas and the related supply chains. Contributed papers will examine the current research and outline the future trends in all the relevant fields associated with the circuit of natural gas from wellpads (including shale reservoirs) to the consumers.

3. Production of liquid fuels, chemicals, and electricity
This session covers the conversion of fossil fuels, biomass, and hybrid feedstocks into readily accessible liquid fuels, chemical commodities, and electricity. Contributed papers will examine the current research and outline the future trends in all the relevant fields associated with the conversion of raw feedstocks into value-added products.

4. Combustion
This session covers developments in combustion science and technology focused on improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions from energy conversion. Subjects covered include but are not limited to: reaction kinetics; solid fuel combustion; detonations, explosions and supersonic combustion; spray, droplet and supecritical combustion; stationary combustion systems; internal combustion engines; gas turbine combustion; formation and control of pollutants, and novel combustion concepts, technologies and systems.

5. Catalysis and reaction engineering for energy applications
This session focuses on the catalysis and reaction engineering with respect to energy applicaitons. Invited papers will investigate the design of reactors by accounting for kinetics and transport phenomena. Catalysis plays a significant role in many of these reactors, leading to more efficient and greener processing routes. Integrated approaches of catalysis science and chemical reaction engineering are encouraged.

6. CO2 capture, utilization and storage
This session covers the recent developments in the capture, utilization, and sequestration of CO2, including the advances in novel materials and technologies for CO2 storage and conversion into value-added chemicals. Contributed papers will examine the current research and outline the future trends in all the relevant fields associated with the handling of carbon dioxide emitted from stationary sources.

7. Hydrogen production and storage
This session covers technologies for the production of hydrogen such as reforming of natural gas, gasification of coal and biomass, and the splitting of water via water-electrolysis, photo-electrolysis, photo-biological production, and high temperature decomposition. Additionally, the discussion will include materials and technologies developed for the economical storage of the produced hydrogen.

8. Environmental Impacts of Energy
Increasing world population coupled with increasing energy demand will place significant burdens on the environment. This session is focused on the environmental implications as associated with climate change from the use of natural resources. Discussions on environmental policy and law are also invited.

9. Photovoltaic/Solar Power Technology
The session covers recent developments around the solar technology. The contributions may focus on, but are not limited to, the lessons learned on the design, planning, deployment, and operational aspects of the solar technology in real world scenarios.

10. Wind Power Technology
The session covers the research on recent developments of wind power technology ranging from fundamental physics, turbine design, planning, maintenance, operation, and economics of wind power technology. Contributed papers will examine the current research and outline the future trends in all the relevant fields associated with the wind energy.

11. Optimal Integration of Renewables in Electric Power Systems
This session invites contributions on system-wide integration of intermittent renewable energy sources into large scale infrastructures such as water, transport, and the electrical grid. This is accomplished by leveraging the synergies across all scales and pathways (i.e., electricity, fuels, heat). This multidisciplinary session looks for the papers in all related areas of science, engineering, and technology.

12. Smart Electricity Grids
The session addresses various energy-related topics on smart electricity grids from theory to practice. The contributions are expected to disseminate results of research on smart grid that relates to, arises from, or deliberately influences energy generation, transmission, distribution and delivery. The topics will include the research on big data analytics, asset and outage management, cybersecurity issues, energy storages, substation automation, demand side management, electricity markets, synchrophasor technology, and micro grids.

13. Renewables: Forecasting, Outlook, and Planning
The session addresses forecasting techniques and uncertainty modeling of various sources of renewable energy. Interests are focused on state of the art research in short-term, medium-term, and long-term energy forecast models, forecast accuracy, computational requirements, and industrial applications.

14. Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery Design
This session focuses on the thermochemical, catalytic, and/or biological production of fuels, chemicals, and/or other valuable products from biomass. Increased focus on the development of a sustainable energy economy requires continued growth in renewable energy, especially that originating from biomass. Studies that focus on the computational design of biorefineries are invited. Experimental studies that focus on the biological, catalytic, and/or thermochemical conversion of biomass into fuels, chemicals, and/or other valuable products are also invited.

15. Nuclear, Geothermal, and Hydroelectric Energy Technologies
This session brings together state of the art research on alternative energy applications to strengthen knowledge in the following topics: nuclear, geothermal, and hydroelectric technologies. The authors are encouraged to submit abstracts on various stages of the following: nuclear equipment; nuclear plant planning, operation, sustainability, and life-cycle assessments; hydroelectric power production efficiency; and enhanced geothermal systems. Contributions on engineering technologies and empirical methods applied to the aforementioned alternative sources of energy are welcome.

16. Future Energy Use in Transportation
This session addresses the shift in energy usage in the transportation sector including marine, aviation, rail, light duty vehicles and heavy duty vehicles. Invited papers will explore fuel efficiency improvement and explore the shift of current transportation fuels to more environmentally friendly and renewable fuels.

17. Energy Usage in Urban Systems
This session discusses the approaches to meet the strong growth in electricity demand in commercial and residential areas. Papers are sought out for the discussion for improving the standard of living while maintaining sustainability through the improvement of building designs and energy consuming technologies such as water heaters, air conditioners, appliances, computers, and smart devices.

18. Fuel Cell Design and Applications
This session focuses on recent theoretical and practical developments in fuel cell design. Topics include novel fuel cell materials, catalysts, and energy efficiency. Papers on the design and modeling of fuel cell systems at different levels, applications and markets in electric vehicles, power systems, co-generation systems are also encouraged.

19. Energy Storage Technologies
Worldwide energy consumption keeps growing at a steady pace due to the growing world population. The current energy consumption and usage scenarios have prompted the search of technologies that would open room for future opportunities in the energy sector. In this respect, electrochemical energy storage systems (EESS) such as batteries and supercapacitors are devices that offer a promising solution. This session seeks contributions in all areas where electrochemical energy devices are being investigated. Particular interest is placed on contributions that deal with development, modeling, synthesis, characterization and use of batteries and supercapacitors as electrochemical power sources.

20. Multifunctional Materials for Energy Applications
Multifunctional materials are those that exhibit specific desirable properties. They are usually synthesized as composites by carefully selecting different materials and using a rational design approach. The use of such materials in energy applications include, but are not limited to, separations and light-weight strong materials for mechanical applications. Papers related to the design, synthesis, characterization, modeling, testing, scalability, implementation and use of these materials in all areas relevant to energy and process efficiency are invited.

21. Energy Planning and Supply Chain Logistics and Optimization
This session focuses on the development of supply chain logistics as applied to the energy and environmental sectors. Successful operation of an organization requires efficient resource management and intelligent supply chain optimization. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, supply chain network design and optimization of any carbonecous feedstock for the production of fuels and chemicals. Relevant areas are also concerned with resource planning, resource demand management, and strategic planning and scheduling.

22. Modeling, simulation, and design of energy systems
This session focuses on computational efforts towards the modeling and simulation of upstream and downstream processes in the oil & gas, renewables, and coal industries. The design, modeling, and simulation of energy systems for the production of high-value products is a key component of demonstrating the technical feasibility of a process. Novel studies characterizing mechanistic and chemical properties related to equipment, reactors, and other novel components of energy systems are invited.

23. Optimization of energy systems for high-value products
This session is concerned with the optimization of carbonaceous feedstock technologies for the production of high-value products. Optimization is an integral component in the synthesis of novel and more efficient processes for the production of fuels, chemicals, and/or electricity. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the methods and applications of optimization that link the kinetics, thermodynamics, or fluid mechanics of systems of interest in the oil & gas, renewables, and coal industries. Studies that intertwine theory together with practice are especially invited. Non-traditional and novel process designs that incorporate environmental considerations are also encouraged.

24. The Energy, Food, Water Nexus
Actions taken in either the energy, food, or water sector have important and sometimes detrimental consequences in the other sectors. These sectors are undoubtedly linked and a holistic viewpoint must be taken in order to simultaneously improve synergies between the three components. This session invites studies focused on the analysis of the energy-food-water nexus.

25. Risk Assessment and Process Safety Management for energy industry
The session emphasizes on research needs driven by industrial accidents with focus on emerging process safety technologies. The session welcomes the contributions on reactive chemical hazards, probabilistic safety and risk assessment methods, advanced risk models, control systems, equipment integrity and reliability analysis, resilient/sustainable methods in chemical, onshore and offshore industry.

26. Energy policy, law, security, and societal impact
This session discusses the approaches to spur energy technology development and adoption, to maintain and increase living standards through regulation, and to minimize adverse societal effects dependent on energy use. Submissions that explore approaches pertaining to these and investigate effects of the current policies are encouraged.