Julie Reim

Mentor: Dr. Jonathan Scheffe
College of Engineering
 
I got involved in research because I was interested in solar technology and I wanted to expose myself to the research environment. Since then, research has helped drive my passion for developing new scientific concepts and I believe I can use my knowledge and experience in my career whether its in industry or academia.

Major

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Renewable energy
  • Solar fuel technology
  • Thermodynamic modeling

Academic Awards

  • Florida Engineering Society - most active chapter 2013
  • University Scholars Program 2016

Organizations

  • Thermochemical Energy Conversion Laboratory

Volunteer

  • YMCA- Child Care

Hobbies and Interests

  • Hiking
  • Cooking
  • Art and music

Research Description

Creating a Marketable and Sustainable Fuel Supply through the Solar Thermochemical Reforming of Methane
To combat the problem of declining fossil fuels, various solar based technologies are being investigated to produce a sustainable source of synthesis gas (syngas). Solar thermochemical cycles are one method to store sunlight and produce syngas. Another method to produce syngas is through methane reforming. However, efficiency suffers in these processes due to extreme temperature swings needed to drive the reactions in solar thermochemical cycles and large energy requirements in methane reforming.
Alternatively, it is possible to combat these disadvantages by combining the two methods into one hybrid process. My project with Dr. Scheffe is to perform a thermodynamic analysis and experimentation on a hybrid cycle. With the results, the encompassing goal will be to develop an efficient methane-driven solar thermochemical cycle that can be employed in industry.