March 29, 2012
1:00 pmto2:30 pm

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Seminar: John Grace

March 22, 2012

March 29, 2012
1:00 pmto2:30 pm

Burying It Out of Sight? Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)


Thursday March 29th, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Forest Sciences Centre 1003

Open to the public



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Abstract: One of the options being considered for reducing global emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere is to capture carbon dioxide, compress it, transport it to a suitable site and then dispose of it in a location from which it is intended to never escape. My seminar will begin by outlining the context for the CCS option and why it is looked on with some favour by the Alberta and Canadian governments. I will next look at some key technical and economic issues underlying capture from stationary sources and the atmosphere, assessing the major alternative processes for capture. Alternative sequestration sites and associated risks will then be considered. Major CCS projects in Western Canada will be summarized, and some comments offered regarding the viability and future of the CCS option relative to other climate change strategies.

Speaker Bio:  John Grace is a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UBC. He completed undergraduate studies in chemical engineering at the University of Western Ontario and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. From 1968-79 he was faculty member at McGill University, and then moved to the University of British Columbia where he served as department head (1979-87), Dean of Graduate Studies (1990-96) and Acting Director of the Clean Energy Research Centre (2008-9). He has more than 500 publications, mostly on fluidization, related fluid-particle systems and environmentally friendly energy processes. He has supervised ~100 graduate students as well as many post-doctoral fellows and visiting scholars. With his students and colleagues, he has worked on a wide range of topics, both fundamental and applied, including hydrodynamics, heat transfer and mass transfer in fluidized beds, reactor modeling, scale-up, combustion and gasification, capture of CO2 and SO2, biomass processing, steam reforming, spouted beds and removal of particulates from gas streams. He has also served as a consultant, chaired international conferences, served on national committees and won a number of awards and honours. He has held a Canada Research Chair since 2001, was the founding Director of UBC’s Fluidization Research Centre, and is a Theme Leader for Carbon Management Canada, a National Centre of Excellence.

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