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Natural Gas Emissions and Leakage

 

Faculty & Researchers

Adam Brandt

Adam Brandt (Focus Area Leader)

Assistant Professor, Energy Resources Engineering
Email: abrandt@stanford.edu
Rob Jackson

Rob Jackson (Focus Area Leader)

Professor, Department of Earth System Science
Email: rob.jackson@stanford.edu

Tom Jaramillo

Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering
Email: jaramillo@stanford.edu

Tom Kenny

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Email: kenny@cdr.stanford.edu
Michael Wara

Michael Wara

Senior Research Scholar, Woods Institute
Email: michael.wara@stanford.edu

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The group focuses on building tools to reduce the environmental impacts of energy systems. One focus is on understanding greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from fossil energy systems. Also, we build optimization tools to improve the environmental and economic performance of energy systems. Our approach includes building engineering-based bottom-up life cycle assessment (LCA) models to generate rigorous estimates of environmental impacts from energy extraction and conversion technologies. In optimization areas, we focus on renewable-fossil hybridization and integration.

The Jackson lab examines the different ways that people affect the Earth. Our projects combine basic science and policy solutions to issues such as climate change, energy extraction, and land use. We're currently examining the effects of climate change and droughts on forest mortality and grassland ecosystems. We recently published the first studies looking at fracking and drinking water quality and used laser technologies to map thousands of natural gas leaks across cities such as Boston, Manhattan, and Washington, D.C.

The group's research focus in the area of Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) leverages silicon microfabrication techniques to create micro-devices that include ultra-stable timing references and high-performance sensors. Recent work encompasses the design, optimization, and effective realization of high-performance MEMS devices, as well as the integration of various types of sensors.

Related Publications

Methane removal and atmospheric restoration Nature Sustainability R. B. Jackson, E. I. Solomon, J. G. Canadell, M. Cargnello & C. B. Field 03/2020; :
"Good versus Good Enough?" Empirical Tests of Methane Leak Detection Sensitivity of a Commercial Infrared Camera Environmental Science and Technology Ravikumar, AP, Wang, J., Bell, CS, Zimmerle, D., Brandt, AR 02/2018; :
Single-blind inter-comparison of methane detection technologies – results from the Stanford/EDF Mobile Monitoring Challenge Elementa Arvind P. Ravikumar , Sindhu Sreedhara, Jingfan Wang, Jacob Englander, Daniel Roda-Stuart, Clay Bell, Daniel Zimmerle, David Lyon, Isabel Mogstad, Ben Ratner, Adam R. Brandt 09/2019; : PDF icon 373-6463-1-PB.pdf
Supplemental Material 2 Single-blind Inter-comparison of Methane Detection Technologies 3 – Results from the Stanford/EDF Mobile Monitoring Challenge Elementa Arvind P. Ravikumar , Sindhu Sreedhara, Jingfan Wang, Jacob Englander, Daniel Roda-Stuart, Clay Bell, Daniel Zimmerle, David Lyon, Isabel Mogstad, Ben Ratner, Adam R. Brandt 08/2019; : PDF icon elementa-7-373-s1.pdf
Machine vision for natural gas methane emissions detection using an infrared camera Applied Energy Wang, J., Tchapmi, L. P., Ravikumar, A. P., McGuire, M., Bell, C. S., Zimmerle, D., Savarese, S., Brandt, A. R. 10/2019; : PDF icon 1-s2.0-S030626191931685X-main.pdf