Hybrid Energy

Integrated energy systems could improve fossil resource utilization, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stabilize renewable energy contributions. These hybrid systems can divert resources during periods of low electrical demand by dynamically altering their production mode to deliver power, heat or chemical products. One LDRD project is a laboratory-scale demonstration of synthetic fuel (synfuel) production relevant to hybrid systems. The test bed can synthesize liquid methanol — an ultra-clean synthetic fuel and fuel feedstock. The capability provides a test bed for key principles including 1) remote conversion of electricity and carbon-based resources into synfuels, 2) technical and economic feasibility of a modular, deployable energy conversion system, and 3) remote monitoring and control using a realtime system.