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June 2021

Analytica webinar: Making jet fuel from the sun and wind: When will it be cost effective?

We are excited to host Dr. Evan Sherwin, Stanford Postdoctoral Research Fellow, for a webinar on June 17, 9-10 AM Pacific. Evan will talk about how he used Analytica to answer the question how much would it cost to make jet fuel from sun and wind? As the energy system transitions to electricity from wind and solar, aviation and other sectors may still need energy-dense low-carbon liquid fuels to dramatically cut emissions. One promising approach is electrofuels —  synthesized from CO2 via direct air capture plus hydrogen from electrolysis of water, powered by solar or wind. However, it requires capital-intensive equipment with variable supplies of renewable electricity. Evan used an optimization model in Analytica to find lowest-cost designs. He estimates that such electrofuels today would cost over $4 per liter of gasoline equivalent (lge), but costs could fall below $1/lge by 2050, potentially competitive with fossil jet fuel.  Sensitivity analysis illuminates key priorities for R&D. Evan has a PhD from Carnegie Mellon and formerly worked at Lumina.

Share Analytica - and get a reward!

We have always appreciated getting new customers through a referral.  In fact, we appreciate referrals so much that we have decided to offer a reward — $100 off your Analytica subscription, or 1 hour free coaching or consulting with an Analytica expert (normally $200). You get a reward for each person you refer — and so do they!  This is a great chance to save on your next renewal or upgrade, or to sit down with one of our expert Analytica modelers to help take your project to the next level.  This offer is available for referrals until August 31, so don’t miss out on this great chance to get the rest of your team to start using Analytica with you! 


Tips and Tricks: Contribute to the Analytica Wiki

Analytica docs —  tutorials, user guides, example models, tips, and more — are all hosted on the Analytica wiki.  Why do we call it a wiki?  It’s like Wikipedia. In fact, the Analytica wiki uses the same Mediawiki platform as Wikipedia. Lumina staff wrote much of it. But it’s a community project. Anyone with a paid license can contribute — add comments or questions at the bottom of any page, fix typos, add explanations, upload example models, or even write an entire new page.

Here’s how to edit and improve the wiki. To edit a page, first you have to log in, then select Edit from the This page to start editing. Or select Edit Source if you prefer to use the wiki markup format. Don’t be afraid to make a mess, as being a wiki, you or we can easily back out any mistakes. You should have received access info, if you had a paid license.  If you can’t find it, please email to get access and start contributing to the Analytica community!

Call for publications using Analytica

We are proud that Analytica is used for cutting edge research applications across the globe, and has resulted in hundreds of research publications.  Do you or someone you know have papers or articles published that used Analytica?  Please let us know so we can include them on our publications page and spread the word about your research. Contact to submit an article to be posted to our page!