New cost-benefit analysis paper on potable water reuse

Our new paper takes another mathematical look at utilizing produced waters from coalbed methane wells for potable purposes. We find that reverse osmosis systems in such cases offer good cost-effectiveness based on two separately computed metrics to account for the value of health improvement benefits (i.e., disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) averted or monetized health benefits).

UVA LCA Lab @ AGU-2019

To finish an amazing year in style, our group featured their work on CCS and carbon removal at AGU Fall Meeting – 2019. Udayan gave a talk on utilizing curtailed renewable power for direct air capture. Both Fangwei and Udayan also presented posters on region-specific CCS deployment in US, China and India. Thank you to all the supporters of our work and wishing everyone a Happy Holiday season ahead!

Udayan participates in the 13th Graduate Climate Conference

Our graduate student, Udayan Singh, participated at the 13th Graduate Climate Conference at Woods Hole, MA. He presented a poster on scaling up of negative emission technologies and discussed collaborative avenues with fellow grad students from various dimensions of climate research. His travel and stay there have been generously sponsored by a travel grant awarded by the conference organizing committee.

Prof. Peterson speaks at Data and Climate Panel

In the Datapalooza 2019, the annual conference of the School of Data Science, Prof. Peterson was invited as a panelist on Data and Climate. She outlined some of the critical data science inputs that would lead to multi-scale benefits in modeling negative emissions technologies. The panel was moderated by Prof. Andres Clarens while other speakers were Prof. Deborah Lawrence and Prof. Bill Shobe.

New seed grant on antibiotic resistance

Our group was awarded an Engineering-in-Medicine seed grant from UVA’s Center for Engineering in Medicine on “Mitigating the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance and Its Associated Health Impacts in Clinical and Environmental Contexts”. This work will further our collaboration with Prof. Amy Mather’s team in the School of Medicine, who have been internationally recognized for their work studying the dynamics of antibiotic resistance in sink lab infrastructure at UVA, and it builds upon the work of PhD Student, Erica Loudermilk.

Graduate Students visit influential energy stakeholders

Summer 2019 was an exciting time for our group. Graduate student, Udayan Singh, visited the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) in College Park, MD. He received training in the Global Change Assessment Models (GCAM) and worked with Dr. Gokul Iyer there to define narratives for resilient energy sector scenarios. Jasmin Melara interned at the Department of Energy Headquarters to work on better handling of solid waste. These visits are expected to help broaden perspectives of our group and create new partnerships in the energy space.