Engineering Research



January 14, 2020

Nitschke Hall and Brady Engineering Innovation Center

College of Engineering

The University of Toledo is proud to host a workshop to explore opportunities in repurposing light water nuclear reactors (LWR) for hydrogen production through a hybrid systems design. In the mid-west region, the Davis-Besse Power Plant can serve as the anchor for pilot plant demonstrations, supported by Department of Energy (DOE)-sponsored, Industry cost-shared, Academic-supported research. This workshop will explore the current state of the art, opportunities for industry, government, and academic collaboration, identify current R&D gaps, and provide an overview of the DOE programs that are leading the effort to build a hydrogen economy and innovative power grid solutions.


7:30 am Refreshments available, Nitschke Hall South Lobby

8:00 am Registration and Check in, Nitschke Hall South Lobby

8:30 am – 10:00 am – Session 1:  Welcome and Overview, Nitschke Hall 1027

10:00 am10:15 am - Coffee break

10:15 am – 11:45 am - Session 2, Nitschke Hall 1027

11:45 am1:15 pm – Lunch

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm – Session 3: Panel Discussion, Nitschke Hall 1027
H2 for Industrial Processes - Industry Drive for Clean Energy/Business Opportunities
  • Defne Apul, Professor & Chair of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UToledo (Panel Facilitator)
  • Glenn Lipscomb, Professor, Chemical Engineering, UToledo (Panel Facilitator)
  • David Hasse, Senior Research Associate, Air Liquide
  • Stephen Szymanski, Director of Business Development, Nel Hydrogen
  • Ryan Sookhoo, Director of New Initiatives, Hydrogenics - Cummins
  • Vincent Chevrier, General Manager, Business Development, Midrex Technologies, Inc.

Q & A - Click to submit an electronic question

2:15 pm2:30 pm – Break

2:30 pm3:30 pm – Session 4: Panel Discussion, Nitschke Hall 1027
H2 for Transportation
  • Matt Liberatore, Professor, Chemical Engineering, UToledo (Panel Facilitator)
  • Kurt Wellenkotter, Senior Manager, Strategic Fuel Cell Business Initiatives, General Motors Corporation
  • Tim Terrill, VP, Aftermarket Services NA, Plug Power
  • Pat ValenteExecutive Director, Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition

Q & A - Click to submit an electronic question

3:30 pm3:45 pm – Break

3:45 pm4:45 pm Session 5: Concurrent Facilitated Panel/Group Discussions - Process Development R&D Needs and Opportunities

Session 5A: Holistic Energy Systems Evaluation and Optimization, Brady Engineering Innovation Center
  • Raghav Khanna, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering, UToledo (Panel Facilitator)
  • Cristian Rabiti, Lead of Energy Systems Modeling and Simulation, Idaho National Laboratory (INL)
  • Pat Burke, Vice President, Xcel Energy, Inc.
  • Scott Swartz, Chief Technology Officer, Nexceris
  • Mike Heben, Professor, Physics, UToledo

Q & A - Click to submit an electronic question

Session 5B: Chemical Processes R&D for H2 Technologies and CO2 Management, Nitschke Hall 1027
  • Maria Coleman, Professor & Chair of Chemical Engineering, UToledo (Panel Facilitator)
  • Michael Young, Assistant Professor, Chemistry, UToledo (Panel Facilitator)
  • Jamie Holladay, Manager of Solid Oxide Technology Development, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
  • Todd Brix, CEO, OCO Inc.
  • Ana Alba-Rubio, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering, UToledo
  • Glenn Lipscomb, Professor, Chemical Engineering, UToledo

Q & A - Click to submit an electronic question

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm – Break

5:00 pm5:30 pmSession 6: Report Out from Session 5 Group Discussions, Nitschke Hall 1027

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Reception and Networking, Nitschke Hall South Lobby

Last Updated: 10/15/20