2015 GRC: Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage


Professor Alissa Park was the vice chair of the first Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS).  The GRC was organized at Stonehill College from May 31- June 5, 2015.  It presented cutting-edge research in the filed of carbon capture, carbon storage (geological, mineralization, etc.), CO2 utilization/conversion, and policy related to these themes.  The Conference brought together the foremost experiments in the field of CCUS and provided an opportunity for junior scientists and graduate students to present their work in poster format and exchange ideas with leaders in the field.  The event was organized with discussion sessions and opportunities for informal gatherings in the afternoons and evenings given its collegial atmosphere.  This experience provided an avenue for the needed interactions between scientists from different disciplines in CCUS to brainstorm and promote interdisciplinary collaborations.  Some highlights from the first GRC in CCUS are below.

Robert Socolow at Princeton University and Stevel Larter at the University of Calgary and Carbon Management Canada (CMC) discussed “Energy Policies and Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage”. The discussion was moderated by Jeffrey Reimer at the University of California Berkeley.

Olav Bolland at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Liang-Shih Fan at The Ohio State University, and Klaus Lackner at Arizona State University discussed “Engineering and Scientific Challenges in Carbon Capture”. The discussion was moderated by George Richards at the National Energy Technology Laboratory, USA.  Sally Benson at Stanford University and Juerg Matter at The University of Southampton discussed “Fundamentals and Challenges of Geologic Storage”.

Paul Kenis at the University Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Martin Saar at ETH-Zurich, and Suojiang Zhang at the Chinese Academy of Sciences discussed the Fundamentals and Challenges in CO2 Utilization(moderated by Herve Toulhoat at IFP Energies Nouvelles, France).  Jenifer Wilcox at Stanford University and Krista Walton at the Georgia Institute of Technology, discussed “Novel Materials for CO2 Capture” (moderated by Paul Fennell at Imperial College London).

“Barriers Towards Large-Scale CCUS”, moderated by Herve Toulhoat, was discussed by Victor Der, the former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Fossil Energy at the US Department of Energy, Marty Lail at RTI International, and Jon Gibbins at UKCCSRC.  “Emerging Technologies for Carbon Capture” was moderated by Jeffrey Reimer and discussed by Marco Mazzotti at ETH Zurich and Sasha Mackler at Summit Power.

“Technical Challenges in Large-Scale Geological Storage” was discussed by Andrew Cavanagh at Statoil, Joshua White at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Jan Brouwer at TNO, the Netherlands.  The talks were moderated by Ian Bourg at Princeton University.  Finally,  “Novel Routes to Use CO2”, moderated by Tayhas Palmore of Brown University, was discussed by John Hansen at Topsoe in Denmark.