Alt Fuel Solutions

Power generation is topic for today’s discussion in the Sustainability Project Center forum • The Energy Sustainability Project Center and the Office of Sustainability will present “Power Generation in Today’s Complex World,” a discussion on alternative fuel solutions with guest speaker Jeffrey Goldmeer. The program will take place at 5 p.m. in Salisbury 104. Refreshments will be available.

Today’s power generation industry faces many challenges across the globe. One of these is providing reliable, affordable, and accessible electricity to the world’s growing population. There are many options for generating electricity, including renewable sources (wind, solar, hydro), fossil fuel technologies (natural gas, coal), and nuclear power. Because of their individual attributes, no one single electricity generating source can power the world—a mix is critical.

Multiple factors add complexity to the process of deciding the optimal power generation technology for any given project, including local geographic and weather conditions, grid stability, back-up fuel requirements, environmental regulations, as well as capital and operating costs.   When choosing a gas turbine solution, the choice of fuel is a major factor in the economics of the power plant. As affordable fuels can vary by region, there are many situations in which alternative fuel solutions are needed. This presentation will examine options and scenarios for generating electricity with real-world constraints.

Goldmeer, manager of gas turbine combustion and fuel solutions at GE Gas Power Systems, and is responsible for strategic development of gas turbine products and combustion technologies for emerging fuel applications around the globe. He graduated from WPI with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He worked at the NASA Glenn Research Center before joining GE in 2001.

In 2007 Goldmeer was named product manager at GE Energy (now GE Power), responsible for gas turbine fuel flexibility. His research and technical activities have ranged from sub-scale combustion experiments to full-scale gas turbine combustion tests in a range of test facilities, including NASA’s low-gravity research flight lab (aka “the Vomit Comet”).  He holds 11 patents related to power generation, combustion technology, and advanced instrumentation, and has over 50 conference papers.