Date of Award

January 2016

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Chemical Engineering

First Advisor

Joseph F Pekny

Second Advisor

James E Dietz

Committee Member 1

Gintaras V Reklaitis

Committee Member 2

Michael Harris


As the economy continues to grow, the current energy system will need to meet the increasing demand, especially in the developing countries. The depletion of fossil fuels, the surge in energy use, and the growing threat of climate change require rapid development of next-generation energy system. Renewable energy, such as wind, solar, and biomass, will undoubtedly play an important role, as a result of improved technology and enhanced capability in energy storage. For example, the closer integration of transportation to the energy system through vehicle electrification will have an increasing effect on the trajectory of the energy system. In order to gain a deeper understanding of the future energy system, anticipate potential problems during the evolution, and provide constructive suggestions for policy makers, a systematic analysis of the next generation energy system is highly desirable.