The 2nd Sydney Symposium on Carbon Capture

16-18 October 2013

Dr Ali Abbas

We would like to thank all Symposium participants for contributing and in making this Symposium a success.

Speakers presentation slides are now available and can be accessed here.

Congratulations to the Student Poster Session winners.

First Prize ($500): Kimia Alizadeh (The University of Queensland)
Second Prize ($300): Mai Bui (Monash University)
Third Prize: ($200): Tristan Lambert (Monash University)

We look forward to seeing you in Sydney again in the future.

Ali Abbas
Symposium Chair

Low emissions fossil fuel technologies (such as carbon capture) have important roles to play in mitigating climate change but also in the transition to low-carbon economy.

Carbon-based fossil fuel resources comprise today more than 80% of global primary energy consumption and they are argued to be a major contributor to climate change. These fuels (liquids/gas/coal) were converted into approximately 31.6 Gt CO2 in 2012 and are expected to grow to 34 and 42 Gt CO2 by 2020 and 2035, respectively. This suggests that the target to limit the long-term global temperature rise to 2°C will not be met. Avoiding such CO2 emissions is seen as imperative by many stakeholders around the World, as well as those in Australia and in China, who have underpinned the importance of this objective in transitioning to a clean energy future.

Electricity generation from coal-fired power plants is a major source of CO2 emissions and this makes power plants the first point of interest for implementation of low emissions technologies, like carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). The drawback of CCS technology is the huge capital and operational expenditures along with large scale integration issues. A particular daunting challenge is the capture energy penalty which must be overcome if we are to see the widespread adoption of CCS.

This symposium focuses on the carbon capture part of CCS. It looks at the latest status of carbon capture technologies currently being researched and developed in Australia, China and beyond. The Symposium will provide insights on flexible operation of power plants with carbon capture, focusing on approaches being used to resolve energy penalty reduction strategies, including the integration with electricity and carbon markets as well as integration with renewable energy. Delegates from legislative, industry and research sectors will gather in this symposium to share their recent work and insights on carbon capture.

The program can be viewed here.

Suggestions for speakers are still welcome and can be directed to the Conference Chair
T: 02 9351 3002

List of Speakers

  • Dr Ali Abbas, Director of the Laboratory for Multiscale Systems, The University of Sydney
  • Dr David Brockway, ATSE
  • Hugh Bromley, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (Carbon markets and carbon trading)
  • Dr Anthony Callen, Delta electricity
  • Associate Professor Matteo Chiesa, Institute Center for Energy (iEnergy), Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Dr Paul Feron, Research Program Leader, CSIRO Energy Technology
  • Dr He Fuxiang, Chinese Consul for Science and Technology Affairs, Sydney
  • Dr Lin Gao, Department of Integrated Energy Systems and Renewable Energy, Institute of Engineering Thermophysics
  • David Green, Chief Executive, Clean Energy Council (Clean energy policy)
  • Dr Barry Hooper, CO2CRC
  • Barry Jones, General Manager, Asia Pacific
  • Tim Jordan, Analyst, Deutsche Bank (Carbon pricing)
  • Olivia Kember, National Policy and Research Manager, The Climate Institute (National and international Energy in relation to carbon policy)
  • Dr Rajab Khalilpour, Senior Research Fellow, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Associate Professor Zhiping Lai, Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center, KAUST
  • Professor Shaomin Liu, ARC-Future Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Dr James MacGregor, Energy Systems Manager, Division of Energy Technology
  • Professor Iain McGill, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, UNSW (Carbon emissions policies and trading schemes in context of Australia-China)
  • Professor Susan Pond, Chair of the Australian Government’s Clean Technology Innovation Committee
  • Steven van Wagensveld, Director Process Engineering, Fluor
  • Professor Tony Vassallo, Delta Electricity Chair in Sustainable Energy Development, The University of Sydney
  • Associate Professor Shujuan Wang, Key Laboratory of Thermal Science and Power Engineering of Ministry of Education, Tsinghua University, China
  • Professor Dianne Wiley, Program Manager (CO2 Capture), CO2CRC
  • Dr Xu Zhaofeng, Tsinghua-BP Clean Energy Research and Education Centre, Tsinghua University, China

Supported by

This Symposium is proudly supported by:

  • The Commonwealth of Australia under the Australia-China Joint Coordination Group on Clean Coal Technology
  • The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).
  • The University of Sydney
  • School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Foundation
  • Delta Electricity