Texas A&M Conference on Energy: 2019 Technical Sessions
Technical Sessions at the Texas A&M Conference on Energy
- Fossil and renewable based technologies
This session focuses on production, distribution, and uses of fossil and renewable energy for different applications. It also focuses on different factors associated with using renewable forms of energy which include forecasting techniques and uncertainty modeling of various sources of renewable energy, the outlook of the future of renewables, and the economics of using it. Authors are encouraged to submit abstracts on fossils, wind, solar, biofuels, and photovoltaic energy production methods.
- 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. Studies that focus on the computational design of biorefineries and experimental studies that focus on the biological, catalytic, and/or thermochemical conversion of biomass into fuels, chemicals, and/or other valuable products are invited.
- Catalysis and Reaction Engineering for Energy Applications
This session focuses on the fabrication of catalysts and principles of reaction engineering for the development of reactors leading to more efficient and greener processing routes. Invited papers will investigate the design of reactors and catalysts by accounting for kinetics and transport phenomena. Integrated approaches of catalysis science and chemical reaction engineering are encouraged.
- Carbon Dioxide Capture, Utilization, and Storage
This session focuses on 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.
- Combustion Science and Technology
This session focuses on developments in combustion science and technology to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions resulting from energy conversion. Subjects covered include but are not limited to reaction kinetics, solid fuel combustion, detonations, explosions and supersonic combustion, spray, droplet and supercritical combustion, stationary combustion systems, internal combustion engines, gas turbine combustion, formation and control of pollutants, and novel combustion concepts, technologies, and systems.
- Energy Policy and Law
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 the effects of the current policies are encouraged.
- Hydrogen Production, Storage, and Fuel Cell Technologies
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. The discussions also include materials and technologies developed for the economical storage of the produced hydrogen. Abstracts 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.
- 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, nuclear and coal industries for the production of high-value products. This session also covers optimal planning, scheduling, and control of multi-scale energy systems via efficient resource management, strategic planning to optimize smaller-scale and enterprise-wide energy production systems. Novel studies characterizing mechanistic and chemical properties related to equipment, optimization-based design strategies or process intensification techniques, use of data analytics in smart manufacturing, process safety, energy security, data-driven modeling, and industrial applications are invited to this session.
- Multifunctional Materials for Energy Storage and Applications
This session focuses on recent developments in several multifunctional materials for energy storage and applications. These multifunctional materials are usually synthesized as composites by carefully selecting different materials and using a rational design approach. Papers related to the design, synthesis, characterization, modeling, testing, scalability, implementation and use of these multifunctional materials in all areas relevant to energy and process efficiency are invited. This session also seeks contributions in areas where electrochemical energy storage 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.
- Natural Gas Production and Supply Chain
This session covers the different techniques for the efficient 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 well-pads (including shale reservoirs) to the consumers.
- 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.
- Oil & Gas 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.
- Safety in Energy Applications
The session emphasizes on research needs driven by industrial accidents with focus on emerging process safety technologies for energy-related applications. 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 the chemical, onshore and offshore industry.
- 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, cyber-security issues, energy storages, substation automation, demand-side management, electricity markets, synchro phasor technology, and microgrids.
- The Water-Energy-Food 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.
- Energy Efficiency and Economics
This session focuses on improving the efficiency of the energy-related process and the economics of it for sustainable development. Studies involving theoretical framework as well as the empirical methods for measuring the level of energy efficiency, economic concepts for underlying consumer decision making in energy efficiency and conservation, economic perspective on the range of market barriers, market failures, and behavioral failures that have been cited in the energy efficiency context, role of government policies to assist in improving economics are invited.
- Big Data Applications in Energy
This session focuses on using Big Data analytics in smart grids, energy utility, power generation and planning. Studies involving research on using Big Data in different energy sectors, its merits, and challenges involved are encouraged. Finally, the role of Big Data in protecting environment and sustaining economic growth are also invited.
- Sustainability and Circular Economy
This session focuses on sustainable methods in production and usage in energy sector. It focuses on trends in sustainability in different manufacturing sectors, the role of government in deciding policies for circular economy, economic aspects of dealing with the useful waste, and careful utilization of limited resources. Studies involving designs for sustainability and circular economy to improve efficiency of production and utilization process, reduction in waste and improvement in energy efficiency and economics are invited.