Kelsey Hunter

Hometown: Hilliard, OHDSC02195

Master’s candidate, Environmental Engineering and Water Resources – The Ohio State University (2017 expected graduation date)

B.S. Environmental and Ecological Engineering – Purdue University (2013)

Research Interests and Experience:

Investigating the gap between an energy sector that relies on fossil fuels and renewable resources may be bridged by systems that conserve resources, use closed-looped processes, and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. CO2 capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) operations inject CO2 captured from power plants into deep saline aquifers for sequestration. Through Active CO2 Reservoir Management (ACRM), the pressure of CO2 injection is managed and provides additional CO2 storage capacity by producing brine from reservoirs through enhanced water recovery (CO2-EWR). Produced brine can be treated by desalination for beneficial use and provide a source of water that could partially or fully offset water requirements by facilitating a closed-loop water source for CCUS with the potential to produce additional water for power plant cooling or other societal needs. Further, the energy of this pressurized brine can be used during the reverse osmosis process to substantially reduce the treatment costs and make CO2-EWR a feasible CO2 emission reduction technology.

Research Experience:

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) – Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI)

Modeled the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of natural gas for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) database.


Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) – Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI)

Modeled the effects of permafrost and sediment on riverbank erosion on Arctic rivers in Alaska using various river erosion scenarios through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Bank Stability and Toe-Erosion Model (BSTEM).


Patti S. Rowlette Scholarship (2009)

Purdue University Presidential Scholarship (2009-2013)


Other Interests:

Sustainability, music, reading, movies, scuba diving, hiking



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