Ms. Melanie D. Jensen
POSITION: Senior Chemical Engineer, CO2 Capture and Infrastructure Engineering Team Lead

Melanie D. Jensen is a Senior Chemical Engineer and CO2 Capture and Infrastructure Engineering Team Lead at the EERC, where she supervises a team of engineers and scientists who perform research in the areas of CO2 capture, compression, and transport via pipeline as well as document surface facility design at regional CO2 storage sites. Specific activities in this area include matching CO2 capture technologies with utility and industrial sources, suggesting appropriate compression technologies, and developing theoretical pipeline networks to optimize the transport of the CO2 for storage or beneficial use. Ms. Jensen and her team also perform life cycle analyses of products to determine their carbon intensities. In addition, the engineering team studies and evaluates coal combustion, water treatment, and photocatalytic processes and develops carbon management plans. Ms. Jensen assists with the advancement and demonstration of advanced compression processes. Ms. Jensen designs, develops, operates, and/or evaluates complex processes and equipment, including CO2 capture systems. She works to develop fuels from alternative sources such as CO2 and biomass and advises on direct liquefaction projects. She develops statistically designed experimental matrices; tracks, reduces, and interprets data generated during research projects; and derives empirical models describing system behavior. Ms. Jensen develops integrated, multiproject programs to meet both the immediate and long-term needs of clients; prepares or assists with the preparation of proposals and supporting documentation; develops comprehensive QA/QC plans; and prepares patent applications. Her project management activities include detailed program planning; scheduling of equipment and personnel; budget monitoring; maintenance of project schedules; dissemination of research results through reports, papers, and presentations; and communication with clients.

Ms. Jensen currently leads the Plains CO2 Reduction Partnership CO2 capture-compression-pipeline transport task. In this capacity, Ms. Jensen evaluates CO2 capture technologies and their applicability for various utility and industrial facilities, maintains a database of regional CO2 point sources and their emissions, assists in identifying the most promising capture scenarios for various point sources, develops preliminary compression and pipeline infrastructure plans for those scenarios, and estimates the feasibility and cost of applying carbon capture and storage to regional point sources of CO2 emissions. She also documents surface facility design at regional CO2 storage sites, works to advance and demonstrate innovative compression processes, and assists with the development of carbon management plans for facilities.

Ms. Jensen also serves as the lead for postcombustion and oxycombustion technical evaluation in the Partnership for CO2 Capture. She assists with the performance testing and data reduction/reporting of pilot-scale CO2 capture technology evaluation.

In addition to her knowledge of CO2 capture technologies, Ms. Jensen also has expertise in the areas of high-pressure/high-temperature processing, low-temperature plasma processing, production of fuels from renewables, gas-phase particulate and mercury collection, cleanup of contaminated water, reburning for pollutant control, environmental/waste cleanup technologies, phytoremediation, and photocatalytic processes.

Ms. Jensen holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering and a B.A. degree in Anthropology, both from UND. She has authored and coauthored numerous publications and is a coinventor on a patent for "Direct Coal Liquefaction Process."