Renewable Energy Systems

In collaboration with experimental groups, we study a range of renewable energy systems. Specifically, we generate simulation and optimization models to, first, synthesize energy systems that employ novel technologies, and second, use modeling approaches to identify the major technological bottlenecks and economic drivers towards the adoption of these systems. Current projects, among others, include the synthesis and analysis of (1) biorefineries (Fasahati and Maravelias, 2018; Motagamwala et al., 2019; Wu and Maravelias, 2019; Huang et al., 2020), (2) solar fuel/chemical systems (Wang et al., 2018; Tountas et al., 2019), and (3) solar power generation and storage (Peng et al., 2019; Peng et al., 2020).


Fasahati P, Maravelias CT. Advanced Biofuels of the Future: Atom-economical or energy-economical? Joule, 1915-1919, 2, 2018

Huang K, Fasahati P, Maravelias CT. System-level Analysis of Lignin Valorization in Lignocellulosic Biorefineries. iScience, 23, 1, 100751, 2020.

Motagamwala AH, Huang K, Maravelias CT, Dumesic JA. Solvent System for Effective Near-term Production of Hydroxymethylfurfural(HMF) with Potential for Long-term Process Improvement. Energy & Environmental Science, 2212-2222, 12, 2019.

Peng X, Yao M, Root TW, Maravelias CT. Design and Analysis of Concentrated Solar Power Plants with Fixed-bed Reactors for Thermochemical Energy Storage. Applied Energy, 262, 114543, 2020.

Peng X, Root TW, Maravelias CT. Optimization-based Process Synthesis under Seasonal and Daily Variability: Application on Concentrating Solar Power Plants. AIChE Journal, 65 (7), e16458, 2019.

Tountas AA, Peng X, Tavasoli AV, Duchesne PN, Dingle TL, Dong Y, Hurtado L, Mohan A, Sun W, Ulmer U, Wang L, Wood TE, Maravelias CT, Sain MM, Ozin GA. Towards Solar Methanol: Past, Present and Future. Advanced Science, 6, 1801903, 2019.

Wang L, Xia M, Wang H, Huang K, Qian C, Maravelias CT, Ozin GA. Greening Ammonia: Toward the Solar Ammonia Refinery. Joule, 2, 1055-1074, 2018.

Wu W, Maravelias CT. Identifying the Characteristics of Promising Renewable Replacement Chemicals. iScience, 15, 136-146, 2019.