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CEVE Seminar Series 2017 -Specialty Seminar - Redesigning the Regulated Power Plant: Cost-effective Emissions Control through Innovation in Policies, Processes, and Materials.

Lecture/Lecture Series

Civil and Environmental Engineering

By: Meagan Mauter
Assistant Professor
From: Carnegie Mellon University
When: Thursday, April 27, 2017
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: Ryon Engineering Building
Abstract: Coal fired power plants (CFPPs) are the largest industrial emitters of air toxics, aqueous contaminants, and greenhouse gasses in the US. Though market conditions and regulatory pressure have reduced the fraction of electricity generation by CFPPs to 33% in 2015, some regions are still highly dependent on coal. Most atmospheric CO2 stabilization scenarios assume that the US will cut >80% of electricity sector CO2 emissions by 2050, but transitioning away from high-carbon intensity CFPP generation will be a 20-35 year process. Efforts to control carbon emissions are also likely to impact plant processes for criteria air pollutant and water emissions control. In this seminar, I will share recent work on policies, processes, and materials innovations that hold promise for cost-effectively reducing air and water emissions at existing generation facilities. I will highlight tradeoffs in air and water emissions control technologies, discuss work on optimizing energy allocation to environmental control processes, and highlight the role of improved process and materials performance on mitigating the energy intensity of emissions control technologies.
Meagan Mauter
Professor Meagan Mauter holds bachelor’s degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering and History from Rice University, a Masters of Environmental Engineering from Rice University, and a PhD in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from Yale University. She completed post-doctoral training in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Mossavar Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was an Energy Technology Innovation Policy Fellow.
At Carnegie Mellon University, Professor Mauter runs the Water and Energy Efficiency for the Environment (WE3 Lab) and is jointly appointed in the departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy. She also holds courtesy appointments in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering. Her present research seeks novel approaches to sustainably meet water and energy supply in a carbon constrained world by re-thinking the policies surrounding water treatment, re-defining the inputs to the treatment process, and re-envisioning the materials in membrane-based water treatment processes. Her work has been recognized through an NSF CAREER Award, the James J. Morgan Early Career Award, and the NAMS Young Membrane Scientist Award, among others.