Carbon Capture - Climate change challenge

15 October 2013

Cleaner energies, global temperatures and climate change are among the topics to be discussed at a three-day Carbon Capture symposium being held at the University of Sydney this week Wednesday 16 - Friday 18.

Carbon Capture - Climate change challenge

International visionaries from industry, research and economics sectors will gather to discuss the future of global carbon capture technologies. Guest speakers include delegates from China, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Australia.

Symposium chair, Dr Ali Abbas and Director of the Laboratory for Multiscale Systems in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, says, carbon-based fossil fuel resources still account for more than 80 per cent of the world's primary energy consumption.

"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)," states Dr Abbas.

Dr Abbas says the symposium will discuss the current drawbacks of carbon capture technology such as the capital and operational expenditures needed to implement them, coupled with large scale integration issues.

"There are many unanswered questions from the technical and economics points of view, particularly around energy penalty imposed by capturing and compressing the CO2 and the amount of cost reductions these capture plants can bring about through flexible operation in response to electricity and carbon price fluctuations," says Dr Abbas.

The Symposium will look at the latest issues and trends in energy and carbon policy, trends in the electricity and carbon markets, and the status of carbon capture technologies currently being researched and developed in Australia, China and beyond. It will focus on making recommendations for the flexible operation of power plants with carbon capture and address the current approaches being used to resolve energy penalty reduction strategies.

Interviews: Dr Ali Abbas,

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