ASERTTI Emerging Technologies Webinar Series

August 2012 - January 2013

Webinar Descriptions

Advancements in Energy Storage: Utility-Scale Technologies and Demonstration Projects
August 20, 2012

One of the World’s largest battery storage systems is being installed on the Notrees Windpower Project in west Texas. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is advising the project, which is being implemented by Duke Energy and Xtreme Power through a DOE grant.

Speakers: Barbara Tyran, Director, Washington & State Relations, EPRI (presentation)
Dr. Carlos Coe, CEO, Xtreme Power (presentation)

In 2010, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) awarded $11.3 million to help develop and commercialize 25 innovative renewable energy and energy storage projects. These next generation power technologies will advance progress toward a clean energy economy in New York.

Speaker: Michael Razanousky, Project Manager, NYSERDA (presentation)

Balancing Competing Interests: Achieving Efficiency at the Energy-Water Nexus
September 10, 2012

o Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory are developing a special class of nanoparticles intended to cut the amount of water lost from steam-based generators. EPRI, as part of its Breakthrough Technology program exploring high-risk, high-reward concepts, is providing funding to develop and demonstrate the concept. Dr. Juan Gomez will explore Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute’s (TSERI) latest research at the energy-water nexus. Jordan Macknick, Energy and Environmental Analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), will share current research evaluating low-water cooling technologies for power plants and examining the interface between energy and water in policy and energy resource planning.

Speakers: Dr. Juan Gomez, Deputy Director, TSERI, University of Texas at San Antonio (presentation)
Ammi Amarnath, Senior Program Manager, EPRI (presentation)
Jordan Macknick, Energy and Environmental Analyst, NREL (presentation)

Crops for Cars: Biofuel Breakthroughs for the Transportation Sector
November 19, 2012

Through its Plants Engineered to Replace Oil (PETRO) program, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded funding to a number of researchers that are developing non-food crops to directly produce transportation fuels, including:

  • Researchers at North Carolina State are genetically modifying the oil-crop plant Camelina sativa to produce high quantities of both modified oils and terpenes. These components are optimized for thermocatalytic conversion into energy-dense drop-in transportation fuels.

Speaker: Dr. Heike Sederoff , Assistant Professor of Plant Sensory Genomics and Metabolic
Engineering of Microalgae, North Carolina State University (presentation)

  • Arcadia Biosciences, in collaboration with the University of California-Davis, is developing plants that produce vegetable oil in their leaves and stems. Ordinarily, these oils are produced in seeds, but Arcadia Biosciences is turning parts of the plant that are not usually harvested into a source of concentrated energy.

Speaker: Dr. Vic Knauf, Chief Scientific Officer, Arcadia Biosciences (presentation)

  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) is modifying tobacco to enable it to directly produce fuel molecules in its leaves for use as a biofuel. Tobacco is a good crop for biofuels production because it has a long history of cultivation, does not compete with the national food supply, and is highly responsive to genetic manipulation. The tobacco-generated biofuels can be processed for gasoline, jet fuel, or diesel alternatives.

Speaker: Dr. Christer Jansson, Bioenergy Program Lead, LBNL (presentation

Advanced Power Generation Technologies: Getting Efficiency at the Source
January 14, 2013

The Advanced UltraSuperCritical (A-USC) Materials Development Program is a 10-year effort led by Energy Industries of Ohio, working in coordination with four U.S. boiler and two U.S. steam turbine manufacturers, U.S. DOE national laboratories, and other partners. The program focuses on evaluating identified candidate alloys to meet Advanced UltraSuperCritical operating conditions of 760°C and 5,000 psi. Current coal fired power plants operate at an average of 35% efficiency, whereas A-USC plants might achieve operating efficiencies of 50% with a consequent 30% reduction of CO2 emissions. Project partners include: National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), Oak Ridge National Laboratory, EPRI, Ohio Coal Development Office, General Electric, Alstom, Babcock Power, Babcock & Wilcox Co., and Foster Wheeler. Funding is provided by the U.S. DOE, Ohio Coal Development Office, and 20% from Industry. This webinar will feature presentations on advanced generation technologies and this specific project by Bob Purgert of Energy Industries of Ohio and Stu Dalton of EPRI.

Speakers: Bob Purgert, President, Energy Industries of Ohio (presentation)
Stu Dalton, Senior Government Representative, Generation, EPRI (presentation)

If you have any questions, please contact ASERTTI Program Director, Sarah Ruen Blanchard at or 303-425-6800 ext. 463.