White Paper - Fuels of the Future: Chemical Energy Carriers for a Decarbonized Economy
SEI Executive Director Tim Lieuwen and Georgia Tech Professor Matthew Realff argue that federal research and development funding for expediting the decarbonization of energy should leverage existing infrastructure to minimize costs and speed the decarbonization of the energy sector. Find the white paper here.
White Paper on Cybersecurity and Energy Infrastructure
The Strategic Energy Institute and the Institute for Information Security and Privacy have released a new whitepaper providing solutions for the inevitability of cybersecurity attacks on our energy infrastructure. Read "Preparing for the Inevitable: Cybersecurity Attacks on our Energy Infrastructure."
GT Faculty Provides Counsel on Natural Gas Policy in Eurasia
Earlier this summer, Russia’s state-owned gas giant Gazprom halted gas supplies to the Ukraine, demanding that the country settle its gas debt before service would be restored. The event marked a major escalation in the ongoing dispute between Russia and the Ukraine over natural gas resources. Russia is also Europe's largest supplier of oil, coal and natural gas, meeting around a third of demand for all those fuels, according to Eurostat data. Against a backdrop of increasing political unrest and economic sanctions, new strategies are needed to ensure stability throughout the region. INTA Professor Adam Stulberg outlines a new path forward in his policy memo, Natural Gas and the Ukraine Crisis: From Realpolitik to Network Diplomacy, that was presented September 2014 to the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia). Based out of George Washington University, PONARS Eurasia is a network of leading academics from North America and post-Soviet Eurasia, who advance new policy approaches to research and security in Russia and Eurasia. Its core missions are to connect scholarship to policy on and in Russia and Eurasia and to foster a community, especially of mid-career and rising scholars, committed to developing policy-relevant and collaborative research. To read Dr. Stulberg's policy memo on Eurasia's natural gas conflict, click here.
Green Engineering Principle #3 - Design for Separation
Matthew J. Realff, ChBE Professor and David Wang Sr. Fellow
American Chemistry Society
Separation and purification operations should be designed to minimize energy consumption and materials use. Read more
Interfacial Microfluidic Processing of Metal-organic Framework Hollow Fiber Membranes
Andrew J. Brown, Nicholas A. Brunelli, Kiwon Eum, Fereshteh Rash, J. R. Johnson, William J. Koros, Christopher W. Jones, Sankar Nair
Science 4 July 2014:
Vol. 345 no. 6192 pp. 72-75
Membranes for gas separation require a combination of high surface area and selective transport pathways. Brown et al. present a potentially scalable route for making high-quality gas separation membranes in a high-surface-area configuration. Using two different solvents flowing in opposite directions, a metal-organic framework material was selectively deposited within hollow polymer fibers. The membranes showed high-performance separation capabilities when tested with mixtures of hydrocarbon gases. Read more.
Georgia Tech Energy Program
Georgia Tech Sets Benchmark for Energy Research Excellence
Tim Lieuwen, executive director for the Strategic Energy Institute, discusses a wide range of energy topics relating to the oil and gas industry, including prospects for tight oil and shale gas, natural gas, innovative exploration and development research, sustainability issues, talent acquisition for the industry, and several research collaborations with OPEC members. Read more.