Valter Silva

Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre

Valter Silva is a senior researcher in the area of environment and energy at the Portuguese Collaborative Laboratory for Integrated Forest & Fire Management and Senior Collaborator Researcher at the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre, Portugal He graduated in Chemical Engineering from the University of Porto, Portugal, in 2004, obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering at the same university in 2009, and his degree as Specialist in Numerical Simulation (combustion and fluid dynamics) at Technical University of Madrid and Ansys, Inc., in 2017. Since 2012, he has led a research team devoted to the application of experimental and numerical solutions on the environment and energy topics (gasification, combustion, fuel cells, techno-economic analysis, LCA, CFD, and optimization). In the last five years, he coordinated national and international projects with leading universities across the world (e.g., MIT and Carnegie Mellon) raising approximately $2.5 million in funds. He has supervised more than thirty students (postdoc, Ph.D., master, and diploma students). He has participated in more than twenty-five national and international projects in energy and environment and has authored two books, eleven book chapters, and more than sixty papers in international peer-reviewed journals.

3books edited

4chapters authored

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Gasification is the thermochemical process of converting carbonaceous material in the presence of an oxidant less than stoichiometric to form a gaseous product, known as synthesis gas or syngas, at high temperatures. The gas produced can have different uses depending on its quality. Among these uses are to drive internal combustion engines and gas turbines, direct burning, and synthesis of chemical components. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the various techniques and applications of syngas developed thus far to contribute to a better understanding of this important process of obtaining a renewable fuel, which is essential for the development of a sustainable economy.

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