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April 2, 2013 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Welcome Center Auditorium
Cost: Free
Audience: Alumni, Community, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Prospective Students, Staff

The Office of the Vice President of Research is pleased to host the Sustainability@Wayne Seminar on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at the Welcome Center Auditorium.  Dr. Thomas Edgar will be the presenter.   Dr. Edgar is a Professor, Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and holds the George T. and Gladys Abell Chair in Engineering.

The title of his presentation will be:  “Energy Efficiency, Smart Grids and Process Control”.  Energy efficiency is beginning to receive increased attention as a way to reduce the use of fossil fuels and the resulting production of greenhouse gases.   Sometimes coined as “negawatts” (vs. megawatts), increased energy efficiencies also provide an avenue to address possible future legislation such as a carbon tax.  Automation, process control, and real-time optimization are necessary technologies to operate plants in the most efficient way.  Examples of where real-time optimization can be used to minimize industrial energy consumption will be presented.

Time of day, pricing of power and use of demand response techniques to flatten demand curves will be important ingredients of smart grids.  Increased usage of thermal and other energy storage systems along with automatic control will give industrial energy users some degrees of freedom to deal with the dynamic power conditions.

A small reception will follow in the lobby from 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Note:  Parking is available in Parking Structure No. 6; drive into the visitors gate and take a green ticket.   You can bring the ticket to the Welcome Center seminar registration desk to be validated.   Parking Structure 6 is on Putnam between Cass and Woodward.

For more information about this event, please contact Kathleen Spanos at 313-577-3783 or fa5387@wayne.edu.