Dr. Andrea Ramírez Ramírez is full professor of Low Carbon Systems and Technologies at Delft University of Technology, and director of the University Graduate School. Her research focuses on the evaluation of novel low carbon technologies and the design of methodologies and tools to assess their potential contribution to sustainable industrial systems. The research is interdisciplinary in character and integrates her chemical engineering background with ex-ante techno-economic analysis, environmental life cycle assessment, and system analysis.
Professor Ramírez has been involved in several national and international research projects. She is currently coordinating the research line on system integration and fair governance of the Dutch national project RELEASE, which focuses on developing reversible large scale energy storage based on electrochemical conversion of electricity into molecules. In 2018, she was awarded with one of the largest scientific grants for individuals in the Netherlands (VICI grant of 1.5 million Euro) by the Dutch Research Council (NWO). This 5-year project investigates the system impacts of deploying technologies that use alternative raw materials such as CO2, biomass, and waste in highly symbiotic industrial clusters. In the last ten years, Professor Ramírez led task 1 of Annex 19 on Industrial Electrification of IETS (Industrial Energy-Related Technologies and Systems), a technology collaboration program by IEA. She co-coordinated the European project ‘Environmental due diligence of novel CO2 capture and utilization technologies (EDDICCUT)’, led the program research line Techno-economic and Environmental Analysis of the Dutch R&D program ‘Catalysis for Sustainable Chemicals from Biomass (CATCHBIO)’, and coordinated the program line in Transport and Chain Integration of the Dutch R&D program for CO2 capture, Transport and Storage (CATO). Between 2016 and 2021, she was part of the team of judges of the NRG Cosia Carbon XPrize.
Professor Ramirez has (co-)authored over 115 publications including high profile international reports such as chapter 13 of the Global Energy Assessment Report (lead author), chapter 3 of the UNEP report Green report Green energy choices: The benefits, risks and trade-offs of low-carbon technologies for electricity production (coordinating lead author), and was co-author of the Mission Innovation report on CCUS, where she co-lead the work on cross-cutting issues. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control.