EFCE Honors Swiss Researcher

The European Federation of Chemical Engineering, Brussels, Belgium, has awarded its 2014 Excellence Award for a PhD thesis on computer-aided process engineering to Dr. Laurence Tock of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. The award includes a €1,500 prize.

Her research analyzes the economic impact of carbon capture and storage. It indicates that operating costs for power generators could increase by around 25% while power generation efficiency could decrease by about 10%. She also found in analyzing hydrogen production from natural gas that pre-combustion carbon capture is thermodynamically more efficient than post-combustion but requires a significantly higher capital cost.
Professor Antonio Espuña, Chair of the CAPE Working Party awards committee, said: “Tock’s thesis sheds new light on some of the hot issues in energy production. She has introduced novel concepts to the CAPE discipline and has successfully developed a uniform methodology for the systematic comparison and optimization of different fuel decarbonization processes.

“Her thesis effectively combines energy integration techniques as well as economic and environmental models in order to better support the decision-making process for optimal plant design and operation.”

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