Zachary Taie is a visiting graduate student at LBNL on a Department of Energy, Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) award. His dissertation work focuses on accelerating the deployment of grid-scale (>1 MW) PEM electrolysis with the goal of decarbonizing the natural gas distribution system. He is achieving this through an economics-driven technology development approach. First, Zac developed a utility-informed dynamic technoeconomic PEM electrolyzer model to determine the technology development targets that would enable large-scale deployment, using Oregon as a case study. Now, Zac is working on meeting these development targets in the Danilovic Group at LBNL by investigating the low-end limits of anode catalyst loading, and better understanding the interfacial transport interactions at the ionomer-catalyst-membrane interface.
Zac has previously worked on three ARPA-E projects in the energy conversion and storage sector under the guidance of Dr. Christopher Hagen. While earning his B.S. in Energy Systems Engineering at Oregon State University – Cascades, he helped develop a bimodal natural gas engine capable of refueling itself from residential low pressure (