Dear AIT Community,
I would like to cordially invite you all to the seminar to be delivered by Dr. Jason Zhang, Water Supply Hydrologist with the Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and adjunct faculty at Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and President of American Water Resources Association (AWRA).
Title: Water-energy-carbon nexus in Illinois
Date: 13 January (Friday)
Time: 10:00–11:00 hrs (ICT)
Recently, University of Illinois has been working on the front-end engineering design (FEED) of carbon capture facilities for several power plants in Illinois. While carbon capture facilities often would need cooling water for operation, the water supply and demand for power plants carbon capture facilities has not received much attention. Zhang’s group has been working on water for energy and water for carbon studies and engineering design in Illinois. The studies include: (1) water for energy accounting, i.e., determining how much water is needed for power generation, associated water use intensities, and impacting factors; (2) water for energy modelling, of which our focus is to develop water-energy nexus model to explore integrated water and energy supply risk management; and (3) water for carbon studies, which is focused on the real-world front end engineering (FEED) design projects of carbon capture facilities in Illinois.
University of Illinois is the knowledge base of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) in the United States, which provides a unique opportunity for water-energy-carbon nexus studies. The water for carbon studies provides scientific basis for engineering design of cooling systems and water systems.
Brief CV of Dr. Jason Zhang:
Dr. Jason Zhang is the Water Supply Hydrologist with the Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and adjunct faculty at Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the President of American Water Resources Association (AWRA) and associate editor for Journal of Hydrology and Journal of American Water Resources Association. He has obtained B.S degree in Environmental Planning from Wuhan University, M.S. degree in Environmental Science from Peking University, M.S. degree in Applied Statistics from Syracuse University, and Ph.D. degree in Water Resources Engineering from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) and worked as research associate at Penn State University and water resources engineer at SRBC.
He is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E) with extensive experience in hydrology, water resources planning and management, hydrologic modeling, evolutionary algorithms, multi-objective optimization, water-energy nexus, and water supply for carbon capture.