Optimization based design of food-energy-water system

Food
production, energy production and water availability are intricately related. It
has been increasingly acknowledged that these systems should not be looked at
in isolation. The area of food-energy-water (FEW) nexus has, therefore, gained
attention. Considering the nexus is particularly true in the Indian context
with our substantial food demand, limited land availability, already stressed
water resources, and increasing energy demands. Climate change may further
stress these systems.

The
goal of this project is to use optimization-based methods to design optimal FEW
systems. We will start by considering the biomass to energy systems which have
very high water footprints. Building on on-going research in the group, the
work will involve developing optimization models capturing the connections between
food production, biofuel productions, and water availability. The generic model
will be applied to a specific region in India. The expected outcome of this
work are:

  • An optimization model for Indian
    systems
  • Recommendation for specific regions in
    India (policies)
  • Theoretical learnings regarding the
    nexus problem

Skills required:

Successful
completion of this research will require the following skills, which I expect
the student to learn as part of the research:

  • Interest in working on inter-disciplinary
    problems
  • Expertise in formulating optimization
    models
  • Expertise on optimization solution
    methods (student must credit CL603 in Spring 2020)
  • Development of scenarios and analysis/interpretation
    of results
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Proposing Faculty
Research Area
  • Climate Change
  • Green Engineering
  • Optimisation
  • Renewable Resources