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  • Outline

    Monday, May 13, 2024

    • 17:30–20:00 Registration and Welcome Reception

    Tuesday, May 14, 2024

    2024 IERE-SwRI San Antonio Energy Transition Workshop (Day 1)

    • 08:30–09:00 Registration
    • 09:00–12:30 Opening and Forenoon Sessions
    • 12:30–14:00 Lunch
    • 14:00–17:50 Afternoon Sessions
    • 19:00–21:00 Official Dinner

    Wednesday, May 15, 2024

    2024 IERE-SwRI San Antonio Energy Transition Workshop (Day 2)

    • 09:00–12:35 Forenoon Sessions
    • 12:35–14:00 Lunch
    • 14:00–17:35 Afternoon Sessions and Plenary Conclusion Session

    Thursday, May 16, 2024

    Technical Tour (Optional)

    - Visiting SwRI Research Facilities with Lunch

    • 09:00 Departure from Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio Riverwalk Downtown
    • 13:00 Arrival at Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio Riverwalk Downtown

    Social Event (Optional)

    - Visiting San Antonio Missions (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

    • 13:10 Departure from Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio Riverwalk Downtown
    • 17:20 Arrival at Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio Riverwalk Downtown
  • Program

    Session structure and speakers may be subject to change according to the submission of contributions.

    Welcome ReceptionMay 13, 2024 18:00–20:00
    Opening SessionMay 14, 2024 09:00–11:50
    Opening Address
    MINO Yoshiaki (IERE Chair)
    Welcome Speech
    Walter D. DOWNING (Executive Vice President and COO, SwRI, US)
    Keynote Speech
    Resilience and Power System Reliability (Tentative)
    Mark G. LAUBY (Senior Vice President and Chief Engineer, NERC, US)
    A Roadmap to the Decarbonization of Electricity with a Microgrid Case Study
    Joshua SCHMITT (Assistant Program Manager, Machinery Department, SwRI, US)
    Generation Plan Update: Perspectives and Opportunities in Long Duration Energy Storage
    Benny ETHRIDGE (Chief Energy Supply Officer, CPS Energy, US)
    The Role and Impact of Low-Carbon Fuels in Decarbonization
    Neil KERN (Program Manager, Low-Carbon Resources Initiative, EPRI)
    Panel SessionMay 14, 2024 11:50–12:30
    Enabling Technologies for the Energy Transition
    Eric THOMPSON (Program Manager, SwRI, US)
    Mark G. LAUBY (Senior Vice President and Chief Engineer, NERC, US)
    Joshua SCHMITT (Assistant Program Manager, Machinery Department, SwRI, US)
    Benny ETHRIDGE (Chief Energy Supply Officer, CPS Energy, US)
    Neil KERN (Program Manager, Low-Carbon Resources Initiative, EPRI)
    Technical SessionMay 14, 2024 14:00–17:50
    Session 1
    Advanced Power Cycles

    Advanced Power Cycles include innovations in thermodynamic cycles for improving cost, performance, or carbon emissions of thermal power generation systems. Power cycle innovations are being developed for implementation across many heat sources, including fossil-fired, concentrating solar, geothermal, advanced nuclear, industrial waste heat, and decarbonized fuels. Advanced power cycles also include integration with multiple heat sources or power generation systems hybridized with heat or other shaft power uses.

    Potential topics include:
    • Low-carbon power generation
    • Combined heat and power or other hybrid systems
    • Carbon capture for power generation
    • Gas and steam turbine systems
    • Conversion to decarbonized fuels
    • Supercritical CO2 power systems
    • Thermodynamic cycles for renewable generation
    • Cycle performance improvements
    • Novel applications
    Official DinnerMay 14, 2024 19:00–21:00
    Special SessionMay 15, 2024 09:00–09:40

    Report of IERE R&D Collaboration Project

    Energy Storage Project
    Jayant SARLASHKAR (SwRI, US)

    Technical SessionMay 15, 2024 09:40–17:25
    Session 2
    Energy Transport and Storage

    Energy transport infrastructure and requirements are a strong economic driver that ultimately affects the cost and reliability of electricity. This infrastructure includes transport of energy (typically in chemical form) before conversion to electricity as well as the electrical transmission and distribution infrastructure connecting to end use. Transport of carbon dioxide for sequestration or utilization is also a necessary consideration for generation systems utilizing carbon capture. Finally, transport of energy is inherent in many mobility applications.

    Near-term decarbonization of electricity is heavily based on the significant installation of variable renewable power generation from wind and solar resources, resulting in supply-demand mismatches and the need for peaker plants and large-scale energy storage to meet 24/7 demand. Energy storage requirements include short-term storage <10 hours, long-duration storage of 10+ hours to weeks, and even seasonal storage. These technologies may include electrochemical batteries or other thermal, mechanical, or chemical energy storage systems.

    Potential topics include:
    • Pipeline transport efficiency, reliability, and leak reduction
    • Pipeline pumping and compression
    • Fuel transport including LNG, hydrogen, ammonia
    • Transport of hydrogen and hydrogen carriers
    • Hydrogen carriers
    • CO2 transport
    • Thermal energy transport
    • Energy transport in mobility applications
    • Energy storage technoeconomics and applications
    • Grid batteries including flow batteries
    • Pumped hydro energy storage
    • Compressed air or liquid air energy storage
    • Thermal energy storage
    • Liquid air energy storage
    • Hydrogen and e-fuels
    • Hybrid energy storage + generation systems
    Session 3
    Cross-Cutting Decarbonization Technologies

    Many technologies for supporting the decarbonization of electricity generation have crossover applications for industrial applications including the manufacturing of petrochemical products, mineral and metals processing, cement, food and beverage, pulp and paper, and other industries. These systems incorporate high energy requirements, 24/7 operation, and high thermal needs that currently drive significant carbon emissions. Electrification of many industrial energy inputs will also drive unique power generation and energy storage/transport requirements.

    In addition, in a modern “always-on” economy, a successful energy transition must meet consumer electricity demands with resilience in addition to reducing climate impacts. Resilience of the electric grid is closely related to yet distinct from its reliability. Reliability is about (reducing) the probability of a power interruption whereas resilience is about handling the interruption. Thus, resilience involves resistance to disruption as well as the ability to recover quickly and effectively. To enhance the resiliency of the power systems is a broad area, so a range of solutions can be proposed as Innovative and practical approaches.

    Potential topics include:
    • Carbon capture
    • Onsite power generation for industry
    • Decarbonized fuels for industry
    • Industrial waste heat recovery
    • Electrification of industrial heat
    • Thermal storage
    • Devices and technologies
    • Control systems
    • Communications and monitoring
    • Integration approaches
    • Rules of thumb and case studies
    • Coupling of critical infrastructure
    • Multi-entity interaction
    • Methods to quantify and visualize cyber-physical metrics of resilience
    • Data analytics and AI/ML to monitor and improve resilience
    Closing RemarksMay 15, 2024 17:25–17:35

    Jayant SARLASHKAR (SwRI, US)

    TAKEI Katsuhito (Secretary General, IERE)

  • Technical Tour (Optional)

    Visiting SwRI Research Facilities with Lunch
    Thursday, May 16, 2024
    • 09:00am Leave from Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio Riverwalk Downtown
      Bus Transfer & Site Entrance: 30 minutes
    • 09:30am STEP 10 MWe Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Pilot Plant
    • 10:00am Pumped Thermal Energy Storage Demonstration
    • 10:20am Chemical Engineering Research Including CO2 Utilization and Mineralization
    • 10:45am Hydrogen Storage and Large Hydrogen-Fueled Engine Research
    • 11:25am Solar Photovoltaic and Battery Energy Storage Facility
    • 12:00pm Lunch at SwRI
    • 12:35pm Leave for Embassy Suites
      Bus Transfer: 25 minutes
    • 1:00pm Arrive at Embassy Suites
    • 1:10pm Departure to Social Event
    • Tour order and timing subject to change.
    • The maximum number of participants is up to 100.
    • Please register with Workshop registration.
    • Attendees should wear comfortable and appropriate shoes for walking.

    Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas

    SwRI is one of the oldest and largest independent non-profit applied research and development organizations in the United States, and has over 3000 employees operating with over two million square feet of lab space and testing facilities on-site in San Antonio. SwRI has a broad set of laboratories focused on energy-related technologies, including the 10 MWe STEP pilot plant, a turbomachinery laboratory for power cycle component development, a pumped thermal energy storage demonstration, battery test facilities, automotive powertrain test stands including hydrogen and battery electric vehicles, large-scale hydrogen storage, and chemical engineering laboratories for carbon capture and utilization technology development and hydrogen production.

    Energy Research Facilities at Southwest Research Institute

    Energy Research Facilities at Southwest Research Institute

  • Social Event (Optional)

    Visiting San Antonio Missions (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
    Thursday, May 16, 2024

    Join us on May 16th, 2024, to tour four of the five San Antonio Missions! Attendees will be given approximately 30-45 minutes to freely tour each mission at their own pace. For additional information regarding each mission, please visit

    • 1:10pm Leave from Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio Riverwalk Downtown
    • 1:20pm Arrive at Mission San Antonio de Valero (the Alamo)
    • 2:10pm Board Bus to Leave the Alamo
    • 2:25pm Arrive at Mission Concepción
    • 3:00pm Board Bus to Leave Mission Concepción
    • 3:15pm Arrive at Mission San José
    • 4:05pm Board Bus to Leave Mission San José
    • 4:20pm Arrive at Mission San Juan Capistrano
    • 4:55pm Board Bus to Leave Mission San Juan Capistrano
    • 5:20pm Arrive at Embassy suites San Antonio Riverwalk

    Mission San Antonio de Valero (the Alamo)

    The Alamo, founded in 1718, was the first mission in San Antonio, serving as a way station between east Texas and Mexico. In 1836, decades after the mission had closed, the Alamo became an inspiration and a motivation for liberty during the Texas Revolution. Today, located on Alamo Plaza in downtown San Antonio, the Alamo houses exhibits on the Texas Revolution and Texas History. Visitors are invited to experience interactive history lessons, guided tours, and stroll through the beautiful Alamo Gardens. Just a short distance from the River Walk, the Alamo is a “must-see” for all who visit the Alamo City.

    Mission Concepción

    Dedicated in 1755, the church at Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purisima Concepción de Acuña remains true to its original design, look and feel. In fact, the church stands as the oldest unrestored stone church in the United States. Exterior paintings have faded, but if you peek inside, you can still see original frescos in some of the church rooms.

    Mission San José

    “Queen of the Missions.” Established in 1720, San José y San Miguel de Aguayo is the largest mission in San Antonio. Spanish designers built the mission using Texas limestone and brightly colored stucco. At its height, it provided sanctuary and a social and cultural community for more than 300 Indians. In 2011, it underwent a $2.2 million renovation to refinish interior domes, walls, and the altar backdrop. When visiting the church, be sure to look for flying buttresses, carvings, quatrefoil patterns, polychromatic plaster, and the famed “Rose Window,” a superb example of Spanish Colonial ornamentation.

    Mission San Juan Capistrano

    Established in 1731, Mission San Juan’s fertile farmlands used to allow for a self-sustainable community, and its surplus helped supply the region with produce. Today, the chapel and bell tower are still in use. When visiting, don’t miss the typical Romanesque archway at the entrance gate. For outdoor fun, take a self-guided tour on the nature trail that begins at this mission and leads to the river.

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