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Yimin Zhang

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Yimin Zhang is a member of the Technology Systems and Sustainability Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Research Analyst
On staff since April 2010
Phone number: 303-275-3258

Areas of expertise

  • Life cycle assessment
  • Cost-effectiveness analysis of greenhouse gas emissions reduction

Primary research interests

  • Life cycle assessment for biofuels
  • Sustainability
  • Competing uses of biomass resources

Education and background training

  • Ph.D. in civil engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  • M.A.Sc. in civil engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  • B.S. in environmental engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Prior work experience

  • Environmental Engineering Manager, Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive Company, Ltd. Shanghai, China (1997-2001)
  • Environmental Engineer, Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive Company, Ltd. Shanghai, China (1990-1996)

Selected publications

Vimmerstedt, L.; Brown, A.; Newes, E.; Markel, T.; Schroeder, A.; Zhang, Y.; Chipman, P.; Johnson, S. (2015). Transformative Reduction of Transportation Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Opportunities for Change in Technologies and Systems. 121 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-5400-62943.

Zhang, Y.; Goldberg, M. (2015). Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) User Reference Guide: Fast Pyrolysis Biorefinery Model. 30 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-62548.

Warner, E.; Zhang, Y.; Inman, D.; Heath, G. (2014). "Challenges in the Estimation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Biofuel-Induced Global Land-Use Change." Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining. Vol. 8(1), January/February 2014; pp. 114-125; NREL Report No. JA-5100-61691.

Chum, H. L.; Zhang, Y.; Hill, J.; Tiffany, D. G.; Morey, R. V.; Eng, A. G.; Haq, Z. (2014). "Understanding the Evolution of Environmental and Energy Performance of the US Corn Ethanol Industry: Evaluation of Selected Metrics." Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining. Vol. 8(2), March/April 2014; pp. 224-240; NREL Report No. JA-5100-54797.

Zhang, Y.; Heath, G.; Carpenter, A.; Fisher, N. (2013). Air Pollutant Emissions from Large-Scale Bioenergy Feedstock Production in 2022 in Relation to National Emissions Inventory. Proceedings of the 106th Air and Waste Management Association Annual Conference and Exhibition (ACE 2013), 25-28 June 2013, Chicago, Illinois. Pittsburgh, PA: Air and Waste Management Association Volume 4: pp. 3024-3029; NREL Report No. CP-6A20-58158.

Carpenter, A.; Heath, G.; Inman, D.; Mann, M.; Warner, E.; Zhang, Y. (2013). Selected Highlights of LCA Activities at NREL (Presentation). NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory). 29 pp.; NREL Report No. PR-6A20-60059.

Warner, E.; Inman, D.; Kunstman, B.; Bush, B.; Vimmerstedt, L.; Peterson, S.; Macknick, J.; Zhang, Y. (2013). Modeling Biofuel Expansion Effects on Land Use Change Dynamics. Article No. 015003. Environmental Research Letters. Vol. 8(1), January-March 2013; 10 pp.; NREL Report No. JA-6A20-56291.

Warner, E.; Zhang, Y.; Chum, H.; Newmark, R. (2012). Land Use and Water Efficiency in Current and Potential Future U.S. Corn and Brazilian Sugarcane Ethanol Systems (Poster). 1 pg.; NREL Report No. PO-6A20-57111.

Zhang, Y., McKechnie, J., Cormier, D., Lyng, R., Mabee, W., Ogino, A., MacLean, H.L. 2010. Life cycle emissions and cost of producing electricity from coal, natural gas and wood pellets in Ontario, Canada. Environmental Science and Technology 44: 538-544.

Zhang, Y., Joshi, S., MacLean, H.L. 2010. Can ethanol alone meet California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard? An evaluation of feedstock and conversion alternatives. Environmental Research Letters 5: 1-14.

Zhang, Y., Habibi, S., MacLean, H.L. 2007. Environmental and economic evaluation of bioenergy in Ontario, Canada. Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association 57: 919-933.

Main, M., Joseph, A., Zhang, Y., MacLean, H.L. 2007. Assessing the energy potential of agricultural bioenergy pathways for Canada. Canadian Journal of Plant Science 97: 781-792.

Spatari, S., Zhang, Y., MacLean, H.L. 2005. Life cycle assessment of switchgrass and corn stover-derived ethanol fueled automobiles. Environmental Science and Technology 39: 9750-9758.

Full list of Yimin Zhang publications (NREL)