Activities

Program

  • Outline

    Monday, May 13, 2024

    • Registration and Welcome Reception

    Tuesday, May 14, 2024

    • 2024 IERE-SwRI San Antonio Energy Transition Workshop
    • Official Dinner

    Wednesday, May 15, 2024

    • 2024 IERE-SwRI San Antonio Energy Transition Workshop

    Thursday, May 16, 2024

    • Technical Tour (Optional)
    • Social Event (Optional)
  • Program

    Session structure and speakers may be subject to change according to the submission of contributions.

    Welcome ReceptionMay 13, 2024
    Opening SessionMay 14, 2024
    Opening Address
    IERE Chair
    Welcome Speech
    SwRI
    Keynote Speech
    Details to be announced
    Technical SessionMay 14, 2024
    Session 1
    Advanced Power Cycles

    Advanced Power Cycles include innovations in thermodynamic cycles for improving cost, performance, or carbon emissions of thermal power generation systems. Power cycle innovations are being developed for implementation across many heat sources, including fossil-fired, concentrating solar, geothermal, advanced nuclear, industrial waste heat, and decarbonized fuels. Advanced power cycles also include integration with multiple heat sources or power generation systems hybridized with heat or other shaft power uses.

    Potential topics include:
    • Low-carbon power generation
    • Combined heat and power or other hybrid systems
    • Carbon capture for power generation
    • Gas and steam turbine systems
    • Conversion to decarbonized fuels
    • Supercritical CO2 power systems
    • Thermodynamic cycles for renewable generation
    • Cycle performance improvements
    • Novel applications
    Session 2
    Energy Transport

    Energy transport infrastructure and requirements are a strong economic driver that ultimately affects the cost and reliability of electricity. This infrastructure includes transport of energy (typically in chemical form) before conversion to electricity as well as the electrical transmission and distribution infrastructure connecting to end use. Transport of carbon dioxide for sequestration or utilization is also a necessary consideration for generation systems utilizing carbon capture. Finally, transport of energy is inherent in many mobility applications.

    Potential topics include:
    • Pipeline transport efficiency, reliability, and leak reduction
    • Pipeline pumping and compression
    • Fuel transport including LNG, hydrogen, ammonia
    • Transport of hydrogen and hydrogen carriers
    • Hydrogen carriers
    • CO2 transport
    • Thermal energy transport
    • Energy transport in mobility applications
    Technical SessionMay 15, 2024
    Session 3
    Energy Storage

    Near-term decarbonization of electricity is heavily based on the significant installation of variable renewable power generation from wind and solar resources, resulting in supply-demand mismatches and the need for peaker plants and large-scale energy storage to meet 24/7 demand. Energy storage requirements include short-term storage <10 hours, long-duration storage of 10+ hours to weeks, and even seasonal storage. These technologies may include electrochemical batteries or other thermal, mechanical, or chemical energy storage systems.

    Potential topics include:
    • Energy storage technoeconomics and applications
    • Grid batteries including flow batteries
    • Pumped hydro energy storage
    • Compressed air or liquid air energy storage
    • Thermal energy storage
    • Liquid air energy storage
    • Hydrogen and e-fuels
    • Hybrid energy storage + generation systems
    Session 4
    Cross-Cutting Decarbonization Technologies

    Many technologies for supporting the decarbonization of electricity generation have crossover applications for industrial applications including the manufacturing of petrochemical products, mineral and metals processing, cement, food and beverage, pulp and paper, and other industries. These systems incorporate high energy requirements, 24/7 operation, and high thermal needs that currently drive significant carbon emissions. Electrification of many industrial energy inputs will also drive unique power generation and energy storage/transport requirements.

    Potential topics include:
    • Carbon capture
    • Onsite power generation for industry
    • Decarbonized fuels for industry
    • Industrial waste heat recovery
    • Electrification of industrial heat
    • Thermal storage
    Session 5
    Resilience

    In a modern “always-on” economy, a successful energy transition must meet consumer electricity demands with resilience in addition to reducing climate impacts. Resilience of the electric grid is closely related to yet distinct from its reliability. Reliability is about (reducing) the probability of a power interruption whereas resilience is about handling the interruption. Thus, resilience involves resistance to disruption as well as the ability to recover quickly and effectively. In this session, we seek innovative and practical approaches to enhance the resiliency of the power system. This is a broad area, so contributions may include a range of solutions, such as:

    • Devices and technologies
    • Control systems
    • Communications and monitoring
    • Integration approaches
    • Rules of thumb and case studies
    • Coupling of critical infrastructure
    • Multi-entity interaction
    • Methods to quantify and visualize cyber-physical metrics of resilience
    • Data analytics and AI/ML to monitor and improve resilience
    Panel SessionMay 15, 2024
    Details to be announced
    Special SessionMay 15, 2024
    Details to be announced
    Poster SessionMay 15, 2024
    Details to be announced
    Closing RemarksMay 15, 2024
    Details to be announced
  • Technical Tour (Optional)

    Details to be announced
  • Social Event (Optional)

    Details to be announced
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