IGWS Researchers Win an "Oscar for Invention"
An innovative software package known as SimCCS has been selected for a prestigious R&D 100 award. Widely known as the “Oscars of Invention,” the R&D 100 awards are considered one of the most prestigious honors for innovation in the U.S., celebrating research and development pioneers and their contributions to science and technology.
IGWS research scientist Kevin Ellett led a team of researchers from Indiana University in partnering with Montana State University and lead organization Los Alamos National Laboratory to develop the SimCCS software. In addition to Ellett, the Indiana University team included Ryan Kammer from the IGWS, along with Sudhakar Pamidighantam and Jun Wang from the Pervasive Technology Institute.
SimCCS software provides novel capabilities for decision support and design of integrated carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies—a key approach to reducing the carbon footprint of a whole range of critical industries including power production, oil and gas, ethanol, iron and steel, cement, and chemicals. SimCCS supports decision making by integrating applications in industrial engineering, operations research, geographic information systems, infrastructure engineering, geoscience, economics, and public policy.
Users are able to produce integrated CCUS system designs for problems ranging from single facilities to large regional networks involving multiple carbon emission sources and geologic sinks. By harnessing the power of high-performance computing resources, users in the research and policy communities can investigate how CCUS may play a meaningful role in mitigating climate change. Users in the commercial sector are able to run large ensembles of model experiments to evaluate financial risk and find optimal investment solutions for implementing CCUS technologies.
A select number of R&D 100 Award winners are honored further with special recognition awards for their potential impact in the categories of market disruption, corporate social responsibility, and green technology. The SimCCS development team was honored with the silver medal for special recognition in corporate social responsibility. Ellett and the other leads from Los Alamos National Laboratory and Montana State University will receive their awards at the gala event on December 5, 2019, in San Francisco, California.