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Eric Larson

Eric Larson

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Dr. Larson is a research engineer with the Energy Systems Analysis Group at the Princeton Environmental Institute, and is on the affiliated faculty of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton. His research interests include engineering, economic, and policy-related assessments of advanced clean-energy technologies, and he has participated in collaborative research with colleagues not only in the U.S. but also in Europe, South America, and Asia.

Among many other projects, he is currently co-leading a program on low-emission energy strategies with colleagues at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Dr. Larson holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Publications

  • D. Tilman, R. Socolow, J., Foley, J. Hill, E. Larson, L. Lynd, S. Pacala, J. Reilly, T. Searchinger, C. Sommerville, and R. Williams, “Beneficial Biofuels – The Food, Energy, and Environment Trilemma,” Science, Vol. 325: 270-271, 17 July 2009.
  • S. Consonni, R. E. Katofsky, and E. Larson, “A Gasification-Based Biorefinery for the Pulp and Paper Industry,” Chemical Engineering Research and Design, forthcoming 2009.
  • M. Laser, E. Larson, B. Dale, M. Wang, N. Greene, and L. R. Lynd, “Comparative Analysis of Efficiency, Environmental Impact, and Process Economics for Mature Biomass Refining Scenarios,” Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biorefining, 3(2): 247-270, 2009.
  • E. Larson, H. Jin, and F. E. Celik, “Large-Scale Gasification-Based Co-Production of Fuels and Electricity from Switchgrass,” Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biorefining, 3(2): 174-194, 2009.
  • H. Jin, E. Larson, and F. E. Celik, “Performance and Cost Analysis of Future, Commercially-Mature Gasification-Based Electric Power Generation from Switchgrass,” Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biorefining, 3(2): 142-173, 2009.
  • L.R. Lynd, E. Larson, N. Greene, M. Laser, J. Sheehan, B.E. Dale, S. McLaughlin, and M. Wang, “The Role of Biomass in America's Energy Future: Framing the Analysis,” Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biorefining, 3(2): 113-123, 2009.
  • E. Larson, S. Consonni, R. E. Katofsky, K. Iisa, and J. Frederick, “An Assessment of Gasification-Based Biorefining at Kraft Pulp and Paper Mills in the United States, Part B: Results,” TAPPI Journal, 7(12): 4-12, January 2009.
  • E. Larson, S. Consonni, R. E. Katofsky, K. Iisa, and J. Frederick, “An Assessment of Gasification-Based Biorefining at Kraft Pulp and Paper Mills in the United States, Part A: Background and Assumptions,” TAPPI Journal, 7(11): 8-14, November 2008.
  • E. Larson, S. Consonni, R. E. Katofsky, K. Iisa, and W.J. Frederick, “Gasification-Based Biorefining at Kraft Pulp and Paper Mills in the United States,” Proc. 2007 Int’l Chemical Recovery Conf., Quebec City, Canada, 29 May - 1 June 2007. (“Best Paper” award).
  • E. Larson, G. Fiorese, G. Liu, R.H. Williams, T. G. Kreutz, and S. Consonni, “Co-production of synfuels and electricity from coal + biomass with zero net carbon emissions: an Illinois case study,” Proceedings, 9th Int’l GHG Control Technologies Conf, Elsevier Energy Procedia, 2008.
  • T. G. Kreutz, E. Larson, R.H. Williams, and G. Liu, “Fischer-Tropsch Fuels from Coal and Biomass,” Proceedings, 25th Annual International Pittsburgh Coal Conf, Pittsburgh, PA, 2008.
  • E. Larson, Biofuel Production Technologies: Status, Prospects, and Implications for Trade and Development, United Nations Conference on Trade & Development, New York & Geneva, 2008.
  • E. Larson, “A Review of LCA Studies on Liquid Biofuel Systems for the Transport Sector,” Energy for Sustainable Development, X(II): 109-126, 2006.
  • E. Larson, R. H. Williams, and H. Jin, “Fuels and electricity from biomass with CO2 capture and storage,” 8th International Conf on GHG Control Technologies, Trondheim, Norway, June 2006.
  • C. Azar, K. Lindgren, E. Larson, and K. Möllersten, ”Carbon capture and storage from fossil fuels and biomass – costs and potential role in stabilizing the atmosphere,” Climatic Change, 74(1-3): 47-79, January 2006.
  • X. Wang, D. L. Mauzerall, Y. Hu, A. G. Russell, E. Larson, J. H. Woo, D. G. Streets, and A. Guenther, “A High-Resolution Emission Inventory for Eastern China in 2000 and Three Scenarios for 2020,” Atmospheric Environment, 39(32): 5917-5933, October 2005.
  • E. Larson and H. Yang, “Dimethyl ether (DME) from coal as a household cooking fuel in China,” Energy for Sustainable Development, VIII(3): 115-126, September 2004.
  • J. M. Ogden, R.H. Williams, and E. Larson, “Societal Lifecycle Costs of Cars with Alternative Fuels/Engines,” Energy Policy, 32: 7-27, 2004.
  • N. Greene (principal author) and F. E. Celik, B. Dale, M. Jackson, K. Jayawardhana, H. Jin, E. Larson, M. Laser, L. Lynd, D. MacKenzie, J. Mark, J. McBride, S. McLaughlin and D. Sacardi (contributing authors), Growing Energy: How Biofuels Can Help End America’s Oil Dependence, Natural Resources Defense Council, New York, NY, December 2004, 86 pages.
  • E. Larson, Z. Wu, P. DeLaquil, W. Chen, and P. Gao, “Future Implications of China’s Energy-Technology Choices,” Energy Policy, 31(12): 1149-1204, 2003.
  • P. DeLaquil, W. Chen, and E. Larson, “Modeling China’s Energy Future,” Energy for Sustainable Development, VII(4): 40-56, December 2003.
  • H. Zheng, Z. Li, W. Ni, E. Larson, and T. Ren, “Case Study of a Coal Gasification-Based Energy Supply System for China,” Energy for Sustainable Development, VII(4): 63-78, December 2003.
  • E. Larson and T. Ren, “Synthetic Fuels Production by Indirect Coal Liquefaction,” Energy for Sustainable Development, VII(4): 79-102, December 2003.
  • L. C. Schneider, A. P. Kinzig, E. Larson, and S.A. Solorzano, “Method for Spatially-Explicit Calculations of Potential Biomass Yields and Assessment of Land Availability for Biomass Energy Production in Northeastern Brazil,” Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment, 84(3): 207-226, 2001. C. Azar and E.D. Larson, “Bioenergy and Land Use Competition in Northeast Brazil,” Energy for Sustainable Development, IV(3), 2000, pp. 64-71.
  • E. Larson, R. H. Williams, M. R. L. V. Leal, “A Review of Biomass Integrated-Gasifier/Gas Turbine Combined Cycle Technology and its Application in Sugarcane Industries, with an Analysis for Cuba,” Energy for Sustainable Development, V(1), March 2001, pp 54-76.
  • E. Larson, "Modernized Biomass Energy," in L. Gomez-Echeverri (ed.), Climate Change and Development (pp. 271-291) School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 2000.