SEMINAR: Rethinking the way we “do” power
Miguel S. Aznar
University of California Berkeley
Miguel Sierra Aznar is a PhD candidate at University of California Berkeley. In the course of his studies he lead and completed two major California Energy Commission projects on natural gas internal combustion engine research and produced a patent on advanced power generation technologies. The latter is the origin of Miguel’s entrepreneurial efforts to bring laboratory research into the market place. Miguel received his MSc degree from the Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands, majoring on sustainable energy technologies. Before entering into his graduate studies, Miguel received a BSc degree in the field of power generation systems from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and a BEng degree from the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen.
Twenty-five thousand million metric tons of carbon dioxide and other pollutants are emitted daily worldwide from the power generation sector. In an effort to maintain our environment, laws and regulations are being introduced to incentivize the development of cleaner modes of power and transportation but with it, new concerns arise. An obvious solution to the decarbonization of the economy is the use of more renewable and nuclear energy sources but yet 80% of the US energy is being supplied by carbonaceous fuels. This new context calls for continuous development on cleaner combustion based system that may not require radically new technology changes but a revisit of well-known solutions that now, given the accounted social cost of pollution, matter. This presentation provides an overview of investigations that have been carried out at UC Berkeley regarding efficiency and emissions improvement for the internal combustion engine both for transportation as well as stationary applications.