Energy for the (MegaCity of the) Future


Ghoniem, Ahmed


Session Description

Energy for the (MegaCity of the) Future; Technology and Research Opportunities As the energy transition continues, more renewables are introduced; higher efficiencies realized, and technologies for storage, mobility, and alternative fuels developed. Integrating these trends into future developments is good for the economy and the environment. But how will they be integrated? MITs Ahmed F. believes that orderly transition calls for a portfolio of solutions. Near term, fossil hybrids will remain strong, with improved efficiency and integration with renewables. Intermediate term will see significant renewable penetration; storage; CCS, and nuclear energy expanding. In the long term, advanced nuclear and renewables are likely to grow further. In this keynote lecture, Prof. Ghoniem will discuss technologies and engineering research for several solutions, mostly dual-use concepts that bridge applications and industries. Examples include novel systems, components and materials for oxy-combustion, hydrogen production, CO2 reuse and production of chemicals, using mixed conducting membrane reactors; metal oxide nano particles redox reactors; liquid-phase conversion under supercritical conditions; multiphase processes for waste-to-energy, etc. Knowledge; tools; materials, and advances will be discussed.

Speaker Bio

Ahmed Ghoniem is the Ronald C. Crane Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director of the Center for Energy and Propulsion Research and the Reacting Gas Dynamics Laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree from Cairo University, and Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. His research covers computational engineering, turbulence and combustion, multiphase flow, clean energy technologies with focus on CO2 capture, renewable energy and fuels. He published more than 500 articles in leading journals and conferences; and consulted for the aerospace, automotive and energy industry. He is fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineer, the American Physical Society, the Combustion Institute, and associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He received several awards including the ASME James Harry Potter Award in Thermodynamics, the AIAA Propellant and Combustion Award, the KAUST Investigator Award and the Committed to Caring Professor at MIT.

Conference/Event Name
Spring Enrichment Program 2018

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