Energy efficiency encompasses all things related to generation, transmission and storage. According to Annual Energy Outlook 2014, conducted by the US Energy Information Administration, we are currently on a path to increase natural gas production, thereby reducing the market share of coal and nuclear plants. The reduction in market share is also supplemented by an increase in renewable systems. These 2040 projections are based on models that require accurate input and updates to provide realistic information. However, any increase in efficiency at a given stage can affect future trends.
One of the methods to increase energy efficiency includes thermal optimization. In this case, thermal optimization refers to designing systems to account for the delicate balance between temperature conditions and energy export. My research interests center around the thermal behavior of systems. Specifically, I am interested in understanding how this area can contribute to the development of emerging technologies that increase our energy security.
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