Whil Piavis (MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa - 2010, BS, Mechanical Engineering, North Carolina State University – 2007) has focused his research on alternative fuels and hydrogen production since 2005. After graduating from NC State University, and interning with General Motors Fuel Cell Applications, he pursued his masters of science in mechanical engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His thesis work focused on the non-thermal plasma reforming of methane for the production of hydrogen rich gas for fuel cell applications. He has worked for the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute since graduating in 2010. Working with Dr. Scott Turn, his research has focused on non-thermal plasma reforming of renewable fuels (eg. hydroprocessed renewable diesel – 76 and biogas) into hydrogen rich gas for fuel cell applications with simultaneous contaminant removal.
Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, School of Ocean And Earth Science And Technology, University of Hawaii at Manoa