Naval Architect, MSc. in Dynamics of Marine Structures, PhD. In Rotordynamics & Tribology, Head of LEVE (Lab. of Wind Engineering/Laboratório de Engenharia do Vento), Assistant Prof. at the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Polytechnic School/University of São Paulo. Currrent Research Activities: Dynamics and Vibrations of Wind Turbines, Elasto Hydrodynamic Lubrication, Dynamics of Reciprocating Compressors, Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines and Distributed Generation; PhD. and MSc. supervisor.
Larson’s research interests include engineering, economic, and policy-related assessments of advanced clean-energy systems, especially for electric power and transport fuels production from carbonaceous fuels (biomass, coal, and/or natural gas) and for efficient end use of energy. His work addresses technologies of relevance to developed and developing countries. Larson maintains long-term collaborations on energy and sustainability with colleagues in China (Tsinghua University and the North China Electric Power University) and in Australia (University of Queensland). He has also participated in collaborative research efforts with colleagues across the United States and in Brazil, Cuba, India, Italy, Jamaica, Sweden, and elsewhere.
He has research experience in the following areas: flashing and evaporation waves, natural gas liquefaction processes, natural gas usage, two-phase flow instrumentation, ammonia-water absorption refrigeration cycle, Ranque-Hilsh vortex tube, Cogeneration processes, solar energy, solar fuels and alternative energy system in a broader sense. He has developed research projects funded by both official agencies and private companies. His teaching experience at undergraduate and graduate levels include Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Compressible Fluid Flow, and Renewable Energies. He has coordinated several extension courses on natural gas, refrigeration & air conditioning, and renewable energies.
He has authored over 100 scientific and technical papers besides two books, one entitled "Fundamentals and Applications of Psychrometry "(in Portuguese) and the other "Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Distributed Generation" (2017). Presently he is an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering with focus on Thermal Engineering at Escola Politécnica at University of São Paulo and coordinates SISEA – Alternative Energy Systems lab.
Coordinator of the Energy Planning Center-NIPE-UNICAMP between 1997-2002, and 2012-2013, and Coordinator of International Relations of UNICAMP between 2002-2009 and Vice-Rector of International Relations of UNICAMP 2013-2017. At São Paulo State Research Foundation-FAPESP was Adjunct Coordinator for Special Programs 2009-2016. Coordinated projects in Bioenergy such as a study on sugarcane ethanol expansion in Brazil to substitute 10% of the world gasoline consumption; the FAPESP Public Policy Ethanol Project in R&D for sustainable ethanol production - book “Sugarcane Bioethanol: R&D on sustainability and productivity” published in 2010 (Jabuti Prize). Coordinated the Project “Roadmap on Sustainable Biofuels for Aviation in Brazil” – FAPESP/Boeing/Embraer Project, book published in 2014. Presently coordinates the FAPESP/LACAf-I Project to promote bioenergy in Latin America and Africa and is also involved in organizing a new initiative in Bioeconomy in São Paulo State, the Agropolo Campinas-Brazil where is the Adjunct Executive Secretary.
Suani Teixeira Coelho is a Chemical Engineer, Master and PhD in Energy in the Graduate Program in Energy from the University of São Paulo, where she is currently lecture, thesis advisor and coordinator of the Research Group on Bioenergy (GBIO – former CENBIO – www.iee.usp.br/gbio).
She has been coordinator of projects funded by FAPESP (Funding Agency of Sao Paulo), ANEEL (Regulatory Agency on Electric Energy) and CNPq (Federal Council for Research), among others. She is thesis advisor at the Integrated Graduate Program in Bioenergy (USP/UNICAMP/UNESP) and member of the Graduation Committees of the two programs. She was member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change (Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change – AGECC) in 2008-2011, chaired by UNIDO’s Director Kandeh K. Yumkella, and Deputy Secretary of State Secretariat for Environment in the State of Sao Paulo (2003-2006), where she was responsible for international agreements of this Secretariat os State.
She has worked several times as an expert/consultant in bioenergy for UNEP and UNIDO projects. Prof. Coelho has published several scientific articles in peer-reviewed journais, such as Energy Policy, Journal of Cleaner Production, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (RSER) and others, also being reviewer of technical journais, such as the Energy Policy and Biomass & Bioenergy and RSER, among others. She has published several books and book chapters, including “Land and Water: Linkages to Bioenergy” at Global Energy Assessment (IAASA, University of Cambridge, 2013). Since December 2014 she is Associate Editor on Bioenergy for the journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews and since April 2015 in the Journal BIOMASS BR.
She is also a member of Activity Group on Bioenergy and Water of the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP/FAO). Among other projects, she is now the coordinator of the project “Perspectives for the contribution of biomethane on natural gas offer in Sao Paulo State” (Project N. 27, in the Research Center on Gas Innovation – RCGI – Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paulo), funded by FAPESP and Shell.
Currently, I am a DNV-GL sponsored professor on marine structures at the Department of Marine Technology and Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (AMOS), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
I obtained my bachelor and MSc degrees in naval architecture and ocean engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in 2000 and 2003, respectively. My MSc study mainly focused on numerical simulations of ship-ship and ship-bridge collisions. The thesis title is "Numerical Simulation of Ship Collision and Study on Crashworthiness of FPSO's Side Structures". My supervisor was Professor Yongning Gu.
In August 2003, I came to NTNU to do my PhD study on marine technology. On February 6, 2008, I successfully defended my PhD thesis with the title "Stochastic Response Analysis of Mooring Systems with Emphasis on Frequency-domain Analysis of Fatigue due to Wide-band Response Processes". My PhD supervisor was Professor Torgeir Moan.
From 2008 to 2015, I worked as a post-doc, reseacher and then adjunct associate professor in the Offshore Wind Energy Group led by Prof. Torgeir Moan, before I became a full professor in July 2015.
RESEARCH FIELDS AND INTERESTS
Offshore Renewable Energy: numerical and experimental study of offshore wind turbines (both bottom-fixed and floating), wave energy converters (oscillating bodies and overtopping devices) and combined concepts; numerical methods for coupled global dynamic response analysis of offshore wind turbines; hierarchical methods for local response analysis of wind turbine drivetrains; design and analysis of floating structures to support large-scale (5 MW and 10 MW) wind turbines; modeling and analysis of offshore wind turbines with geared drivetrain, direct drive and hydraulic transmission; mooring system design and analysis for offshore renewable energy platforms.
Marine Operation: operational and safety criteria for marine operations related to offshore wind turbine transport, installation and access for maintenance and repair; numerical modeling and time-domain simulation of marine operations involving transient dynamics and nonstationary system responses (such as crane operations for monopile or jacket foundation installation).
Structural Mechanics and Dynamics: dynamic analysis of offshore structures using finite element methods; coupled mooring analysis; fatigue assessment of offshore structures; numerical simulation of ship collision and grounding.
Stochastic Analysis: frequency-domain cycle counting method for fatigue analysis of wide-band processes; extreme value prediction and fatigue analysis of non-Gaussian processes; contour line method; stochastic modeling of random waves; short-term and long-term statistics of wind and wave conditions.
Reliability and Risk Analysis: uncertainty modeling and structural reliability assessment of offshore oil and gas platforms as well as renewable energy platforms; fatigue reliability methods applied to mechanical components (such as gearbox in wind turbines); fatigue reliability analysis of offshore wind turbine jacket foundations for inspection and maintenance planning; overload and fatigue reliability of mooring system; risk analysis of station-keeping system