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Transition Toward Sustainable Transportation Energy

Dr. Changzheng LiuDr. Changzheng Liu
ORNL Energy & Transportation Science Division
Friday, January 22, 2016  2:30-3:30pm
JDT 410

Abstract: Transitioning motor vehicle to sustainable energy is of great benefits to the society in terms of reduced petroleum consumption, enhanced energy security, and reduced air pollution and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. However, the transition process is very complicate, with interdependencies among technologies, infrastructure, consumers, and policies. The complexity is further compounded by deep uncertainty in technology and consumer behavior. Thus transportation energy transition provides ample research opportunities for system modelers and industrial engineers. This seminar will present research results from two recent projects: 1) vehicle market simulation for the design and evaluation of the feebate policy and 2) charging infrastructure planning for promoting electric vehicles. For the first project, a dynamic optimization model is developed to simulate the automobile manufacturers’ behavior of improving vehicle fuel efficiency under feebate incentive and emissions standards while simultaneously considering consumers’ response to the changes of vehicle technologies and prices. The second project will show how multi-day GPS travel day can be utilized for effectively sitting charging stations in order to meet charging demand and promote electric vehicle market.

Biographical Sketch: Dr. Changzheng Liu is a research & development staff member at the Energy and Transportation Science Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Davis in September, 2009, his M.S. in Civil Engineering in 2004, and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2001. Dr. Liu’s research experience and interests include complex system modeling and optimization with applications in infrastructure system planning, vehicle market simulation, and energy policy analysis. He has published more than twenty articles in these areas. He is a member of Transportation.