CSS Research Forum

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Amy Chiang & Maryam Arbabzadeh
Friday, September 25, 2015 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
2024 Dana Building
Event Sponsor: 
Center for Sustainable Systems

Join us for our first CSS Research Forum of the fall.  We'll hear presentations from Amy Chiang and Maryam Arbabzadeh on their recent work.

Whether you are brand new to CSS or a veteran, you are strongly encouraged to come join us and hear about the work other researchers are doing.

We will serve a selection of PIES and COFFEE.

Date: Friday, September 25
Time: 2:30 - 4:00
Room: Dana 2024

Offshore Wind Farm Environmental Costs and Benefits: A Spatial Analysis for Siting in Lake Michigan

Amy Chiang, M.S. student

Abstract:  In the Great Lakes, there are many challenges and advantages from economic, social, and environmental impacts for developing offshore wind farm in this location. This research aims to spatially analyze the environmental component specifically looking at the emission abatement due to an offshore wind farm development. Grid emissions can be offset based on power generation, but the variety of power generation sources at any given hour may result in large emission abatement not coinciding with the timing of large wind power generation. This research analyzes the emission abatement with these considerations. The resulting spatial maps would ideally guide future development of offshore wind in the Great Lakes region.

Bio:  Amy Chiang is a 3rd year dual masters’ student at University of Michigan studying Mechanical Engineering and Natural Resources & Environment graduating December 2015. She is passionate about sustainable energy and plans to continue working on interdisciplinary projects in the clean energy sector. Prior to graduate school, she worked at SolarCity as a residential solar photovoltaic designer. She received her B.S. in Environmental Engineering from University of California, San Diego.

Twelve Principles for Green Energy Storage in Grid Applications

Maryam Arbabzadeh, Ph.D. candidate

Abstract: The demand for energy storage has grown rapidly and is expected to continue to grow, supported by technical advancements and recent policies. Grid-scale energy storage technologies represent a potential solution for several grid applications such as renewables integration, balancing between supply and demand, and transmissions and distribution upgrade deferral. However, the integration of energy storage into the grid can lead to either positive or negative environmental outcomes based on the application, the existing generation mix, and demand profile. Given this complexity, new frameworks are required to systematically assess the environmental impacts and key trade-offs that emerge when considering energy storage options, to inform design and technology selection. In this study, we have developed fundamental principles specific to design and grid application of green energy storage technologies to inform decision makers, designers and operators about the environmental outcomes of integrating these systems.

Bio: Maryam is a Doctoral Student at the School of Natural Resources & Environment.  Her research informs the research and development of green energy storage systems using life cycle assessment methods to evaluate sustainability performance targets of these systems in order to be competitive with the fossil fuel based grid.

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