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ISR and INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter Joint Meeting: "The Future of Energy Initiative"
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Systems engineering starts with a purpose, a well-defined goal. Our chosen goal is big (>90%) overall reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This goal has no ambiguity (with the exception of timing). How can the world produce of primary sustainable energy without fossil fuel.
The scope of our effort is the traditional concept definition phase. Starting with the goal and current knowledge, we explore the strengths, weakness, boundaries and constraints of feasible systems concepts.
Our role is architect. We facilitate solutions. We establish priorities by focusing on gaps in current concept development. Our highest priority is concept definition tradeoffs for breeder nuclear reactors. While breeder reactors have the potential to solve the long lived radioactive waste problem and to power the world for millennia, there has been no comprehensive development effort.
Our second program area is the system implications of intermittent generators. Wind and solar have received much enthusiasm as clean renewable generators with enormous power potential. But intermittency appears to seriously constrain their use in a system that must deliver energy on demand. We need to identify durable system concepts.
The group has will share its activities with the students and faculty of the University of Maryland at a joint meeting of the Institute for Systems Research Student Organization and the INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter. The group is looking for project ideas, leaders, and support people. Some of these projects have the characteristics that make them worthy of grant support, and the group welcomes organizations like UMCP to pursue such funding opportunities. As an open source group, our mission is to do what we can to see that the work gets done.
We see the future of energy as primarily a systems engineering development challenge.
System engineering starts with a purpose, an ultimate goal. Our chosen purpose is to power the planet without fossil fuel. Given the goal, the next step is to clarify feasible alternatives based on current knowledge. This concept definition phase consists of system engineering tradeoffs and delivers feasible alternatives. Concept definition clarifies physical and economic constraints, identifies risks and development alternatives. Society then has a factual basis to make value choices.
While the future of energy is a very broad topic, this talk will focus on concept definition phase for wind power and nuclear fission.
Mr. John Rudesill, Bs, ChE, Cofounder FoE Initiative. Adjunct professor UMBC Chemical & Biochemical Engineering. Over 30 years of experience in new product and process R & D. Co-invented new processes and materials leading to 21 US patents.
Dr. Harry Winsor, PhD, MS in nuclear physics. Co-founder Future of Energy Initiative and nuclear fission lead. Past DARPA Program Manager, Acting Director of the Electronics and Materials Sciences Directorate of AFOSR, and UMBC adjunct and research professor in Applied Physics.
This Event is For: Graduate • Undergraduate • Faculty • Post-Docs • Alumni