On the Costs and Emissions of Integrating Direct Air Capture Plants into the U.S. Electric Grid

Sarang Supekar

University of Michigan

Sarang Supekar is a postdoctoral scholar in the Energy Systems Division at Argonne National Laboratory, where he works with the Advanced Manufacturing group. He also holds a part-time appointment as a research fellow in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Dr. Supekar earned his Bachelor’s degree from University of Pune, Master’s degree from University of Florida, and Ph.D. from University of Michigan, all in Mechanical Engineering. His research interests include gas-based "dry" technologies in manufacturing, thermal management, and waste treatment applications; data-driven modeling and analytics for advanced energy and resource-efficient manufacturing systems; thermodynamics, life cycle assessment, and systems analysis of carbon capture and sequestration pathways; and energy and transportation systems modeling for technology planning and policy analysis. He has co-developed undergraduate and graduate courses in sustainable design and life cycle engineering. He is the recipient of the E. Wayne Kay Graduate Scholarship from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers for his research in manufacturing technology, and also received the College of Engineering Distinguished Leadership award in 2014 for his education, diversity, and inclusion initiatives at the University of Michigan.


Direct ambient air capture (DAC) of CO2 has been proposed as a means to reduce atmospheric CO2 concentrations. While previous research has advanced our process-level understanding of DAC, an in-depth systems-level analysis... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Sarang Supekar (University of Michigan)
  2. Tae Hwan Lim (University of Michigan)
  3. Steven Skerlos (University of Michigan)

Topic Areas

• Sustainable energy systems , • Decision support methods and tools


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