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Dr. Erik Koepf

Position: 
Visiting Scientist
PhD: 
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware, United States
Research: 
Design and modelling of high-temperature solar receiver/reactors, concentrated solar energy, advanced materials development for solar-driven chemistry and fuel production, thermal energy storage.
E-mail: 
koepfe@ethz.ch
Short Bio: 

Erik Koepf is a Project Leader, Research Associate, and Lecturer at the Institute of Energy Technology at ETH Zurich. Previously Dr. Koepf held the position of Postdoctoral Fellow in the Solar Technology Laboratory at the Paul Scherrer Institute, leading research and development in solar reactor technology. Before joining the Paul Scherrer Institute, Dr. Koepf was a systems engineer with eSolar in Los Angeles. Currently his research is focused on solar fuels and scale-up solar reactor design and demonstration. Dr. Koepf also lectures at ETH Zurich inside the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering on the topics of energy systems and power engineering, and serves as direct supervisor to numerous M.Sc. and Ph.D. level graduate students. Dr. Koepf served for four years as the American Society of Mechanical Engineer’s Technical Chair for Solar Chemistry, and is currently an Executive Committee Member for ASME’s Solar Energy Division, directing and facilitating international research efforts on solar pathways to energy sustainability. In his current capacity as visiting researcher at IMDEA Energie, Dr. Koepf is directing the ETH Zurich effort in the Sun-to-Liquid project, primarily focused on commissioning of the 50 kW solar reactor system, advancing the state-of-the-art in high temperature water and CO2-splitting thermochemical materials, and contributing to system level, as well as reactor level, analysis and modelling of the world’s first pre-commercial scale liquid solar fuels facility.