29 April 2021 10:00 AM MT
What are these fuels?
Where do they come from?
Why do they matter?
For more information about speakers and this webinar: https://cercsymposium.org/fuels-future-for-a-low-carbon-world
The four Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory entities (University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, National Renewable Energy Lab) and Wärtsilä Energy
Dr. Bryan Willson
Colorado State University
Dr. Bryan Willson is Executive Director of the Energy Institute at Colorado State University, where he also occupies the Bryan Willson Presidential Chair in Energy Innovation and serves as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. CSU’s Energy Institute comprises over 200 faculty members working in energy and works closely with the Colorado energy startup community to help grow clean energy companies. The Energy Institute is headquartered at CSU’s Powerhouse Energy Campus, a 100,000 sq ft research facility that also houses over 15 early stage energy companies; it’s work on cleantech commercialization has been honored by the Economist, Scientific American, the Smithsonian Institution, university technology transfer associations, and the governments of Denmark, Spain, and China. Dr. Willson served as a Program Director at ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy, from 2012-2016 and continued as a consultant / advisor to the agency until early 2019. He has worked for over 30 years to develop and deploy large-scale technology solutions related to energy, air quality, and human health. As an entrepreneur, Dr. Willson is co-founder of Envirofit International, Solix BioSystems, Factor(e) Ventures and Xpower. His research laboratory, the Engines & Energy Conversion Laboratory, has made important contributions in many areas, including: internal combustion engines, advanced vehicles, oil & gas production technology, advanced electrical grids, advanced biofuels, energy access for the developing world, and advanced building technologies. Dr. Willson is a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers and has worked in over 40 countries.
General Manager, Business Development
Contributing to a cleaner energy future keeps Saara Kujala, General Manager, Business Development at Wärtsilä Energy, going. With her experience in energy transition, sustainable power generation, and power system optimisation, Saara leads a team of power system modelling experts. Together, the team is advising energy decision makers on optimal paths towards a 100% renewable energy future. They have already provided modelling, optimisation, and step-by-step guidance to nearly 150 countries in their search for more sustainable power systems.
While living in Singapore, Saara led power plant and liquified natural gas terminal project development in Asia, with a portfolio of more than 600 MW of independent power producer projects under development. She is now based in Finland and is currently managing local Power-to-Gas initiatives that aim to convert emissions of CO2 to renewable synthetic fuels. After publishing her co-authored book about wind power and flexibility, Saara has frequently and publicly promoted Finland’s optimal path towards decarbonisation.
Saara holds an MSc degree in Industrial Engineering and Energy Markets. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding and appreciates the nuances of the sport, which combines the adrenaline rush of galloping with an authentic connection to such a majestic animal.
Director, Sustainability Research Laboratory
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Colorado State University
Dr. Quinn’s education and research have always been centered on energy, with current work focused on techno-economic assessment, life cycle assessment, and system optimization. This skill set is currently being applied to a variety of emerging technologies including microalgae biofuels, desert southwest agriculture, small modular nuclear systems, electrified transportation, waste to energy, and electrical grid energy storage. Research efforts are dedicated to the development of engineering system models validated through experimentation and leveraged for techno-economic feasibility, life cycle assessment, and resource demand of emerging technologies. Results from modeling work are used to focus research and development efforts to high impact areas. Dr. Quinn completed a master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in nuclear engineering and engineering physics, and a Ph.D. at Colorado State University.
Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology (LUT)
Petteri Laaksonen is a Research Director at Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology (LUT), Energy Systems School. The focus of his research is in renewable energy systems and power generation in view of industrial engineering and economics. His current projects include speeding up decarbonisation of public buildings, bearingless electronic motors (Twin Bearingless), synthesis, carbon neutral fuels, P2X (Case Nebraska), hermetic high speed AMB generator as well as the financing and profitability of research and development projects.
Previously, Petteri was Chairman of the Board at Celere Investments Oy and Lähituuli Oy as well as a managing director and partner at TuuliSaimaa Oy. Petteri also previously taught as an Associate Professor of Wind Energy Research at LUT.
Petteri has a doctorate in science and masters of science degree from LUT University.