ERI Seminar - Dr. Amy Brunsvold
- Monday, April 16, 2018 from 4:10pm to 5:00pm
- Barnard Hall, 126 - view map
In 2016, the Paris Agreement was ratified as a legally binding global climate treaty with the ambitious goal of limiting global warming to below 2 °C. As most global energy scenarios show, society will have an ongoing reliance on fossil fuels for decades to come. These scenarios also show that reducing CO2 emissions in compliance with the Paris agreement cannot be reached without the wide-spread development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) (among other measures).
One of the greatest challenges for energy researchers and scientists today is to create a thermodynamically efficient, low-cost CO2 capture process that can be scaled up from the lab bench to full-scale plants. CO2 capture requires cutting-edge developments in disciplines spanning process design, materials design, chemical engineering, and experimental and theoretical physical chemistry. It is challenging to form bindings with a molecule as thermodynamically stable as CO2, and it is even more difficult to release it again with as little energy input as possible. Current CO2 capture technologies are therefore energy intensive and costly. Technology breakthroughs, often founded in the basics of molecular science, will be crucial in solving this central problem for humanity
Can basic research and development solve today's energy and climate challenges? And can we do it quickly enough to make a difference? In this presentation, experiences related to working in a tightly integrated research center with industry and research partners working together to fast-track the deployment of CO2 capture and storage in Norway and Europe will be shared, along with some of the most recent technical achievements in NCCS.