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Zack Whiteman

  • Ph.D. Candidate: 2010 - University of Delaware
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering: 2010 - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Zack completed his Bachelors’ degree in Chemical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in May 2010. He is currently a second year Ph.D. candidate in the Chemical Engineering department at the University of Delaware. Zack grew up in Mahopac, NY and is an avid New York Yankees fan. His favorite hobbies include baseball, football, snowboarding and bowling. Random fact about him: His high score in bowling is a 289.

Research Description

Due to the rapid rise in global energy demand and the need to limit the amount of greenhouse gases we emit into the atmosphere, renewable energy systems are slowly becoming an attractive option for energy production. However, the high cost associated with individual renewable energy systems, such as wind turbines, photovoltaics and fuel cells, and their inability to meet a continuous energy demand for some applications makes them unappealing. One potential solution to this predicament is to combine two or more of these systems together in order to meet simultaneously an electrical and/or thermal energy demand. The resulting configuration is called a hybrid renewable energy system or HRES. This project focuses on the design, operation and advanced control of HRESs which will result in cost effective and reliable energy solutions for stationary and/or mobile applications.

Research Interests


Thesis Advisors

Babatunde A. Ogunnaike