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A Chemical Engineering Perspective on the Challenges and Opportunities of Installing Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) at Commercial Scale

Date From: 15 March 2018
Location: Webinar
Description: This one-hour presentation will give a preview of an IChemE Energy Centre Green Paper on Carbon Capture and Storage to be launched in April.
Event Type: Webinar
Venue: Online

Time: 09:30-10:30 GMT
Organiser: IChemE Clean Energy Special Interes Group

The presentation will give a preview of an IChemE Energy Centre Green Paper on Carbon Capture and Storage to be launched in April.  It will summarise the key issues and recommendations, which focus on overcoming the current barriers to commercialisation of CCS projects where there is no clear route to monetising the stored CO2 (for instance via enhanced oil recovery or an effective carbon pricing mechanism).  These emphasise the need for a systems engineering approach, creative business models which share the risk between governments and private investors and building full-scale plants which benefit from the economies of scale and process improvement from ‘learning-by-doing’ with successive plants.  The major opportunities for chemical engineers in making widespread CCS a commercial reality as a key process in reaching the challenging global carbon mitigation targets agreed in Paris in 2015 will also be discussed.

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Geoff Maitland is Professor of Energy Engineering at Imperial College London and a Past President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (2014-15).  His career has spanned academia and industry, spending 20 years in oil and gas with Schlumberger and over 20 years at Imperial, first as a young lecturer from 1974 and then from 2005 in his current post.  His work is centred on how we can continue to use fossil fuels for most of this century without causing catastrophic climate change.  Geoff was awarded the Hutchison Medal by the Institution of Chemical Engineers in 1998 and served as President of the British Society of Rheology from 2002-2005. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He was awarded the IChemE Chemical Engineering Envoy Award in 2010 for his media work explaining the engineering issues involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil-spill.  He chaired the post-Macondo review of the UK Offshore Oil and Gas Regulatory Regime in 2011 (‘The Maitland Report’) and in 2012 received the Rideal Lecture Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is the Founding Director of the Qatar Carbonates and Carbon Storage Research Centre, a $70M 10 year programme funded by Qatar Petroleum, Shell and Qatar Science and Technology Park, based at Imperial College London, and is currently Director of the Shell-Imperial Digital Rocks Lab.  As a vice-chair of the IChemE Energy Centre, he has recently been coordinating a task group of members to produce a green paper on the routes to commercialisation of CCS and the role chemical engineers can play in this.


A one-hour online session: 40 minutes' presentation + 20 minutes' Q&A.
Duration (for CPD recording purposes): up to one hour.

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