Katherine Romanak talks about carbon storage with delegates from around the world at COP21

Katherine Romanak and Hilary Olson are attending the historic UNFCCC COP21 meeting as representatives of both GCCC and UT Austin and are leading outreach efforts on carbon sequestration by hosting several events.

Katherine spoke at a Side Event at the COP on Dec. 1 with co-organizers CO2GeoNet, International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas Research and Development Programme, and Carbon Capture and Storage Association. The event drew a very large and enthusiastic crowd.

On behalf of GCCC and UT Austin, both Hilary and Katherine will co-host an Exhibit Booth inside the COP for the entire two-week duration of the meeting. The co-organizers are CO2GeoNet, International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas Research and Development Programme, and Carbon Capture and Storage Association.

UT Austin is also participating in a public outreach booth at the Climate Generations Areas, which is open to the public for the two-week duration of COP. Co-hosts of this booth are CO2GeoNet, Global CCS Institute, International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas Research and Development Programme, and French Club CO2.

Event organizers have already posted a recap from the Side Event
and you can check the Twitter feed #UTatCOP where Hilary will be posting up-to-the-minute news.

  • DiZhou
    Dr. Zhou Di visits GCCC to discuss counterfacing offshore sequestration projects.

    Since 2014, the US Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy has presented Awards to two distinguished Chinese scholars who champion the development of technologies related to pollution control and carbon management. These awards enhance global recognition of their achievements, their effectiveness within China, and their collaboration with the U.S. via information sharing and project development. Dr. Di Zhou is one of this year’s Awardees, and has received an invitational speaking tour to the United States, where she will meet with current and future collaborators and share her knowledge with a diverse set of audiences across the country.

    As part of the speaking tour, Dr. Zhou will give a presentation at 9 am on November 13 in the BEG Main Conference Room. We invite you to join us for this prestigious event.

    About the Prize:
    In the past two decades, numerous energy-related research, development and demonstration initiatives have been successfully implemented between the U.S. and China via bilateral agreements and multilateral engagements, such as the fossil energy protocol between DOE and China’s Ministry of Science and Technology, the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, the Clean Energy Research Center (CERC), and the CCUS initiative under the U.S. – China Climate Change Working Group. These efforts have promoted research and development, information sharing, and other technical cooperation. In the last few years, China has recognized the urgent need for pollution control and carbon management of existing power plants and coal conversion plants. It has intensified efforts to enforce regulations limiting emissions from these plants.

    About the Talk:
    Guangdong, one of the five “Low Carbon Pilot Provinces” in China, has set a carbon reduction target higher than nation’s average. A China-UK collaborative study confirmed the necessity of implementing CCUS in Guangdong in order to meet this target. The study developed a CCUS roadmap for Guangdong, which proposes a million-ton full-chain CCUS demonstration project as the key first step. The study also demonstrated that while inland Guangdong is not suitable for CO2storage, the the Pearl River Mouth Basin (PRMB) offshore Guangdong in the northern South China Sea is a robust storage target.

    In parallel to a study of CO2 capture from a power plant, a study of offshore CO2 storage has focused on seeking a suitable storage site in the PRMB. Prime targets are near depleted oil fields, as such fields provide savings both in cost and in time. By scoring and ranking producing oil fields in the PRMB, three candidate sites have been short-listed. Knowledge gaps in final site selection have been identified, including those in CO2-EOR potential, containment quality, and facility reuse.

    These and future studies are now summarized under the title of the Guangdong CCUS Project, which has been carried out with international collaborations and received financial support from UK SPF and the GCCSI. In late 2013 the UK-China (Guangdong) CCUS Center was established. Recently the Guangdong CCUS Project has been listed in the U.S.-China Working Group on Climate Change.

    About the Speaker:
    Dr. Di Zhou was granted bachelor in 1965 from the South China Industrial University and a PhD in 1984 from Kansas University. Since 1985, she has worked in marine geology and mathematical geology in the South China Sea Institute of Oceanology. She served as the Vice Director of the Institute and Chairman of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Institute, Council Member of the International Association for Mathematical Geologists, and Secretary of the International Committee of Quantitative Stratigraphy. She served as a Member of the Standing Committee and a Vice Chairman of the Committee for Population, Resources, and Environment in the Guangdong Provincial Political Consultant Committee. In 2003-2005 Dr. Zhou worked as one of the lead authors of Chapter 5 of the IPCC Special Report “Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage”. In 2006 she organized the first Clean Development Mechanism and CCS workshop in Guangdong Province. From 2009 to 2013, she led the first two research projects on CCS feasibility in Guangdong Province and since 2014 she has served as the Vice Chairwoman of the Consultant Committee of the UK-China (Guangdong) CCUS Center.

  • Artwork representing CCS and the mystery of science developed by BEG colleagues.

    GCCC researchers aren’t just talented scientists, they are incredible artists too. In collaboration with the Centers for Subsurface Energy SecurityHilary Olson teamed up with Victoria Osborne, Kim Gilbert, and Jeffery Clement Olson to create this sumptuous data-rich artwork. The graphic integrated into the art shows the ability of stored CO2 to dissolve in brines of various chemical compositions. The accompanying poem, As Above, So Below, recounts the shared quest of scientists and artists to unlock the universe’s magic.

    The entry won second place in the DOE’s Poetry of Science Contest, which challenged entrants to convey the wonder of science using poetry inspired by a scientific image. Now, Team CFSES is competing for the People’s Choice Award. Take a look at all the gorgeous and inspiring poetry and artwork in the competition, then help catapult CCS to the top with your vote!