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ENVIRONMENT / SUSTAINABILITY

06-en-environmentLow-cost energy is vital to the sustained growth of the GDP of nations and regions. At the same time, it is critical that this growth not result in negative impacts to the environment. This negative impact will eventually impede GDP growth and dampen the resilience of communities. For example, rising health-care costs can erode the beneficial impacts of increased GDP. Negative environmental impacts are most often born by the lower-income and underprivileged within society — hence environmental injustice. It is vital that energy solutions are designed to have a sustainability component to assure that communities and regions remain resilient.

 

Areas of Research Focus

The University of Illinois is dedicated to holistic approaches to energy that meet the Triple Bottom Line (People, Planet, Profit). We consider full life cycle analysis (LCA) to assure that solutions are truly sustainable in nature. Our work spans the entire spectrum of research, development, and deployment. The University’s capabilities and resources enable the transition of new technologies from the bench-scale to the large pilot-scale. This continuum includes high-performance computing capabilities for modeling to field testing at University and non-University based locations. We work with internally and externally developed technologies to provide solutions that encompass not only technical needs, but also address policy and regulatory requirements. Some specific projects:

  • Carbon capture from large power generation and manufacturing facilities.
  • Use of CO2 for agricultural applications (i.e. crop growth).
  • Use of CO2 for algae growth and subsequent harvesting for high value feed products.
  • Improving the energy footprint of buildings.
  • Process intensification to reduce overall energy requirements and reduce waste products.
  • Improved management of waste and translation into energy sources (e.g. waste to fuels).
  • Repurposing of waste materials.
  • Fate and transport of byproducts from manufacturers and end users.
  • Evaluation of environmental impact of fracking and other upstream processes.
  • Grid reliability in drought and heat weave conditions.
  • Demonstration of biomass boiler using chopped Miscanthus for on-farm heating.
  • Climate action policies and international policy negotiations.
  • Greenhouse gas emissions from land use change.
  • Wind energy and environment.
  • Least-polluting energy solutions for rural areas worldwide.
  • Development of pairs of immiscible ternary liquids, for use in studies of two-phase flows (e.g., oil/water).
  • Illinois Basin – Decatur Project (large-scale carbon storage)

Researchers

James Allison

James Allison

Electro-thermal system design

ISE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Narayana Aluru

Narayana Aluru

Electrical and chemical engineering; materials science

MechSE Dept profile

Beckman Institute page

Illinois Experts page

Phillip Ansell

Phillip Ansell

Electrical and chemical engineering; materials science

Aerospace Engineering Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Carl Bernacchi

Carl Bernacchi

Biofuels and bioenergy

Plant Biology Dept profile

Lab page

Hans Blaschek

Hans Blaschek

Biofuels

FSHN Dept profile

Lab page

Tami Bond

Tami Bond

Emission characterization

CEE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Joe A. Bradley

Joe A. Bradley

Product development and design

Business at Illinois profile

Patrick Brown

Patrick Brown

Bioenergy crops

Crop Sciences Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

David G. Cahill

David G. Cahill

Thermal materials

MatSE Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

Ximing Cai

Ximing Cai

Hydraulic engineering

CEE Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

Leonardo P. Chamorro

Leonardo P. Chamorro

Fluid mechanics and thermal sciences

MechSE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Evan H. DeLucia

Evan H. DeLucia

Bioenergy feedstock production

Plant Biology Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Ying Diao

Ying Diao

Thermal materials

ChBE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Nora El-Gohary

Nora El-Gohary

Energy-water-environment sustainability

CEE Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

A. Bryan Endres

A. Bryan Endres

Biomass and biofuels

ACE Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

Scott Frailey

Scott Frailey

Petroleum engineering and CO2 storage

Illinois State Geological Survey profile

Illinois Experts page

Andrew Gewirth

Andrew Gewirth

Electrochemistry

Chemistry Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Sallie Greenberg

Sallie Greenberg

Carbon sequestration and climate change

Illinois State Geological Survey profile

Illinois Experts page

Damien Guironnet

Damien Guironnet

Catalysis

ChBE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Sharon Hammes-Schiffer

Sharon Hammes-Schiffer

Electrocatalysis

Chemistry Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Alan Hansen

Alan Hansen

Biomass, biofuels, and diesel engines

ABE Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

Feng Sheng Hu

Feng Sheng Hu

Geology and climate

Plant Biology Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Junhua Jiang

Junhua Jiang

Electrochemical processes

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center profile

Madhu Khanna

Madhu Khanna

Biomass and biofuels

ACE Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

Harrison Kim

Harrison Kim

Energy systems engineering

ISE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Waltraud M. Kriven

Waltraud M. Kriven

Mechanical properties and materials

MatSE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar

Hydraulic engineering

CEE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Andrew Leakey

Andrew Leakey

Biomass and biofuels

Plant Biology Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

DoKyoung Lee

DoKyoung Lee

Biomass and biofuels

Crop Sciences Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Xiuling Li

Xiuling Li

Nanotechnology and photovoltaics

ECE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Bruce Elliott-Litchfield

Bruce Elliott-Litchfield

Stored solar energy

ABE Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

Stephen P. Long

Stephen P. Long

Biomass and biofuels

Plant Biology Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Ben McCall

Ben McCall

Molecular ion spectroscopy

Chemistry Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Kevin O'Brien

Kevin O'Brien

Traditional and alternative energies

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center profile

Illinois Experts page

Roland Okwen

Roland Okwen

Enhanced oil recovery and carbon capture

Illinois State Geological Survey profile

Illinois Experts page

Donald Ort

Donald Ort

Photosynthesis

Plant Biology Dept profile

Lab page

Yanfeng Ouyang

Yanfeng Ouyang

Transportation and infrastructure

CEE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Arne J. Pearlstein

Arne J. Pearlstein

Fluid mechanics and thermal sciences

MechSE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Nandakishore Rajagopalan

Nandakishore Rajagopalan

Biomass and biofuels

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center profile

Illinois Experts page

Tom Rauchfuss

Tom Rauchfuss

Organometallic chemistry for clean fuels

Chemistry Dept profile

Lab page

Kent Rausch

Kent Rausch

Bioprocessing

ABE Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

Cassandra Rutherford

Cassandra Rutherford

Geotechnical engineering

CEE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Rob Sanford

Rob Sanford

Microbial ecology

Geology Dept profile

Lab page

André Schleife

André Schleife

Nanoscale science and technology

MatSE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

John Scott

John Scott

Analytical chemistry and biofuels

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center profile

Illinois Experts page

Clifford Singer

Clifford Singer

Nuclear power economics and policy

NPRE Dept profile

Political Science Dept profile

Nancy R. Sottos

Nancy R. Sottos

Materials for extreme conditions

MatSE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Ashlynn Stillwell

Ashlynn Stillwell

Hydraulic engineering

CEE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

James Stubbins

James Stubbins

Nuclear power

NPRE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Rizwan Uddin

Rizwan Uddin

Nuclear power

NPRE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Al Valocchi

Al Valocchi

Hydraulic engineering

CEE Dept profile

Lab page

Thomas Voigt

Thomas Voigt

Bioenergy crops

Crop Science Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

Xinlei Wang

Xinlei Wang

Building energy efficiency and diesel engines

ABE Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

Scott Willenbrock

Scott Willenbrock

Elementary particle theory

Physics Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Yang Zhang

Yang Zhang

Nuclear engineering

MatSE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Yuanhui Zhang

Yuanhui Zhang

Indoor air quality

ABE Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

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