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Clea Kolster: Key Issues Impeding the Large-Scale Deployment of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Today – How to Address These? (Energy Seminar)

October 15, 2018 - 4:30pm to 5:20pm
NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center

Free and open to all.

Event Sponsor: 
Precourt Institute for Energy
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All parts of the carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology have been fully tested and implemented over several decades and is recognized as a key technology for least-cost climate change mitigation on a global scale. However, its deployment rate is significantly slower than projected by organizations such as the IEA, the IPCC and UNEP that expect gigatonnes of CCS to be deployed within the next few decades. Clea Kolster will provide quantitative insights into the myriad of risks associated with CCS and will introduce pragmatic, cost-minimizing solutions to the development of large-scale CCS.

Speaker Biography:

Clea is a Consultant at E3 (Energy & Environmental Economics), where she works on evaluating implications of electricity generation policies and investments on energy market dynamics by using and developing optimization models.

Prior to joining E3, Clea completed her PhD in June 2018 within the Centre for Process Systems Engineering & Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College London, where she focused on economic, process and reservoir modelling for evaluating large-scale deployment of CCS. As part of her PhD she conducted an 8-month research visit at Stanford with Adam Brandt in ERE where she developed a model (MIICE) to assess the economic implication of CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery for CCS. Throughout the course of her PhD she was sponsored by the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment and acted as a representative of the institute at a variety of policy related conferences including for COP21 in Paris in 2015 and COP23 in Bonn in 2017.

Clea obtained her Masters and Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London in 2014.

Recommended Readings:

CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery: A catalyst for Gigatonne scale carbon capture and storage deployment? C. Kolster, M. Masnadi, N.Mac Dowell, S. Krevor and A. R. Brandt. Energy & Environmental Science, 2017, 10, 2594 -2608.

Open-source model: MIICE (Model of Iterative Investment in CCS with CO2-EOR), C. Kolster, M. Masnadi, N.Mac Dowell, S. Krevor and A. R. Brandt.

The role of CO2 purification and transport networks in carbon capture and storage cost reduction. C. Kolster, E. Mechleri, S. Krevor, N. Mac Dowell, Int. J. GHG. Contr., 2017, 58, 127-141.

Video: Carbon Capture and Storage and the Climate Challenge

Towards a Just and Equitable Low Carbon Transition. A. Ghambir, F. Green, P. J. G. Pearson, Grantham Briefing Paper, August 2018.

The Emissions Gap Report 2017: A UN Environment Synthesis Report.

IEA World Energy Outlook 2017: Executive Summary.