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11th CMCEE Plenary Speakers

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Ceramic technologies for sustainable development


Register now for the 11th CMCEE. You won’t want to miss the plenary session, Technological Innovations and Sustainable Development, which features these topic experts:

Dan Zrvizu 

Dan Arvizu, director and chief executive, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; president, Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC


Title: Maximizing the potential of renewable energy


Abstract: As the global demand for energy increases, the alternatives to meet demand must reflect an expanding portfolio of clean energy options.   From 2000 to 2013, cumulative global renewable electricity installed capacity grew by 108% (from 748 GW to 1,560 GW) and renewable sources accounted for 23% of all electricity generation worldwide (5,095 TWh) in 2013. Wind and solar electricity have been the fastest growing renewable electricity technologies globally. Solar electricity generation grew by a factor of 68 between 2000 and 2013. Oxides in general and ceramic oxides in particular play key roles in many emerging renewable energy and energy storage technologies. This is true from low cost substrates for photovoltaics to active oxides in fuel cells and batteries. One of the key areas where oxides may play a pivotal role is in the production of solar fuels directly or by electrolysis. Empiracle development of new functional oxides has not been remarkably successful. We will discuss the emerging high powered combination of predictive theory and high throughput materials development which finally has the potential to shorten the development cycle for even complex oxide systems, this could increase the rate of renewables integration substantially. Recent research and analysis point to a significantly greater potential for renewable and efficiency technologies to impact energy demand than was previously thought possible. While we have already made significant progress toward maximizing this potential, it has become clear that a systems-level perspective is crucial. This includes how to integrate increased renewable energy technologies into existing systems. Capturing this potential requires technologies, policy and markets to work together.  It also will rely on innovation in next-generation PV technologies to meet the growing need.


Biography: Arvizu has served in his current role since January 2005. He is also an executive vice president with MRIGlobal. He was appointed by two successive U.S. presidents to serve six-year terms on the National Science Board, which governs the National Science Foundation and advises the President and Congress on science policy. He is presently serving as chairman. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Public Administration. Prior to joining NREL, Arvizu was a chief technology officer with CH2M HILL Companies, Ltd. Before joining CH2M he was an executive with Sandia National Laboratories, leading organizations in energy technologies, material science, and technology commercialization. He started his career and spent four years at the AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories. Arvizu serves on a number of boards, panels and advisory committees including the American Council on Renewable Energy Advisory Board, the Singapore International Advisory Panel on Energy, the Colorado Renewable Energy Authority Board of Directors, and the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy Advisory Council. Arvizu has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University, and a MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. 



Tony Leo, vice president, applications and advanced technology development, FuelCell Energy, Inc.


Title: High temperature fuel cells delivering clean, affordable power today


Abstract: As awareness has grown of the impact of traditional forms of power generation on the environment, utilities and power users are searching for cleaner alternatives with fewer emissions of smog precursors, respiratory irritants, and greenhouse gasses. Intermittent renewables play a role in addressing this need, but reliable, clean continuous power generation technologies are necessary to have a significant impact on cleaning the grid.  High temperature fuel cells have emerged as a leading technology to meet this need. These types of fuel cells operate at temperatures that allow reforming of hydrocarbon fuels within the cells, and operation at high efficiency without noble metal catalysts.  Their promise is now being realized with favorable economics and growing adoption following years of development of advanced ceramic technology and refinements in cell, stack, and power plant engineering. The use of carbonate fuel cells to capture and concentrate CO2 from other power plants and advancements in SOFC systems will be presented.


Biography: Anthony (Tony) Leo has played key leadership roles in research, development, and commercialization of stationary fuel cell power plants for more than 30 years and is actively involved in expanding the markets for the megawatt-class clean distributed power generation solutions of FuelCell Energy.  He leads FCE’s advanced technology activities including 1) Commercialization of distributed hydrogen generation from the Company’s existing fuel cell products through demonstration and scale up projects; 2) Commercializing the Company’s solid oxide fuel cell technology to pursue sub-megawatt adjacent power generation markets as well as storage opportunities; and 3) carbon capture utilizing Company’s existing commercial products.  Mr. Leo also plays a key role in evaluating new market application opportunities for FCE’s products, including new geographical as well as vertical markets.


Mr. Leo joined FuelCell Energy in 1978 to work on advanced electrochemical technologies for energy storage and generation.  He has held numerous positions in the company including managing advanced research and development of rechargeable batteries and fuel cells, managing the first large-scale demonstration stationary fuel cell project, and establishing the Product Engineering group to eliminate reliance on outside engineering contractors and develop and retain product engineering expertise within the Company.  He also managed the creation of FCE’s Service and Project Management organizations during the company’s evolution from an R&D organization to a commercial operation.  


Mr. Leo has authored numerous papers, contributed to technical books, holds several U.S. Patents, and has served as Chairman of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers PTC-50 Fuel Cell Performance Test Code committee. Mr. Leo holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Sanjay Correa

Sanjay M. Correa, vice president, CMC Program, GE Aviation 


Title: CMC applications in turbine engines: Science at scale 


Abstract: Ceramic Matric Composites moved out of research laboratories over the past two decades – first to low-volume limited-use applications such as in rocket engines, and more recently to high-volume long-endurance applications such as in gas-turbine engines. The latter engines are used for aircraft propulsion and land-based power generation. Why CMCs? Gas-turbines operate more efficiently at higher temperatures and pressures, but after 75 years of evolution the industry has run into the temperature limits of even the most advanced metal alloys. CMCs significantly expand the design envelope. We will cover the state-of-the art in practical CMC systems, from fiber through Environmental Barrier Coatings. Gas-turbine engines and their operating environments also bring in different types of potential failure modes, which must be identified and mitigated. We will describe how recent high-volume product commitments are leading to rapid advances in the science, engineering, testing, and production scale-up of CMC components. We will conclude by summarizing requirements for the next generation of CMC systems.


Biography: Correa leads GE’s Ceramic Matrix Composites Program with applications in aircraft engines and heavy-duty gas turbines. He has been with GE for over 30 years. Prior to his current role, Correa was vice president & managing director of the GE India Technology Center. Earlier he was the general manager for Engineering Technologies at GE Aviation; general manager for the Fan, Compressor & Combustor Center of Excellence in GE Aviation’s Supply Chain; and global technology leader for Energy & Propulsion Technologies at GE’s Global Research Center, with teams in the US, Bangalore, Shanghai and Munich. Correa holds BS, MS and PhD degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan. He has 15 US patents and over 100 research papers. He is a member of several professional societies and has been a reviewer for several technical journals. Among other external connections, he serves on the Board of Directors of NGS Advanced Fibers (Toyama, Japan).


Richard Metzler 

Richard Metzler, managing director, Rauschert GmbH 


Title: Energy efficient manufacturing: What can be done in the technical ceramics industry and which technical ceramic products can help other industries


Abstract: Energy is a significant cost for the ceramic industry, and many other industries, despite the recent reduction in energy prices.  Industry has traditionally relied almost exclusively on energy from the external grid supply as there were overwhelming economics of scale, in particular in electricity generation.  This situation has changed, and smaller decentralized units like photovoltaic systems, ORC turbines, fuel cells and batteries have become increasingly competitive.  In addition, there is potential to reduce energy consumption by development of novel ceramic technologies. The ceramic industry has significant energy savings potential by better utilization of hot exhaust gases from its sintering processes, and  comprehensive management of energy generation and consumption by an intelligent energy monitoring system.  Rauschert developed such an integrated solution in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, and as a result was able to reduce our energy costs by ca. 20% within 3 years.  Rauschert will offer this solution to industrial clients with a focus on the ceramic industry. Development of novel ceramic products can also contribute to energy efficiency improvements for other industries.  For example, Rauschert, along with the Fraunhofer Institute IKTS, developed ceramic membranes which can separate liquids on a molecular level.  Rauschert’s inopor© filtration technology enables companies in various process industries, including pharmaceutical, food, oil and chemical, to  avoid energy intensive separation technologies like  distillation.  In addition to reducing waste disposal costs, this filtration technology can also allow recovery of valuable raw materials.  Rauschert, in cooperation with our partners, develops customer-specific, turnkey filtration solutions.


Biography: Metzler holds a State Exam in Law from the University of Munich, a PhD in Law from the University of Oxford and a Diploma in Economics from the University of Hagen. He worked at McKinsey & Co. Inc. as a management consultant predominantly in the automotive, logistics and technology sectors; he was elected to partner in 1992. Metzler has been managing director of Rauschert GmbH since joining in 1993, and is one of the majority owners. Rauschert is a family-owned, German technology company with over 110 years of experience in manufacturing advanced technical ceramics. The company employs 1200 employees in 12 plants and 6 sales offices in 12 countries. In 2009, Rauschert diversified successfully into renewable energy generation and decentralized energy systems with a clear focus on industrial customers.  Metzler holds two patents in the area of photovoltaics, and serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Fraunhofer Institute IKTS in Dresden, Germany.


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