Greenhouse Gas Balances of Biomass Energy CCS Systems – 2018

A one hour webinar from IChemE’s Clean Energy Special Interest Group, presented by Professor Patricia Thornley.
Desires to limit the impacts of global climate change led to a commitment to maintain greenhouse gas emissions below a level that would result in 1.5oC warming at the Paris COP (Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change) in 2015. In reality this corresponds to a need for “net negative” emissions in the future energy system and one of the most mature technologies that could potentially offer this is biomass to energy with carbon capture and storage. However, before implementation of systems that seem to offer net negative emissions it is important to consider the full life cycle of the system (from land use to sequestered carbon) and verify that the negative emissions are “real”, that they are technically realisable and that they will not result in indirect repercussions that offset the benefits. This webinar will consider how BECCS systems can deliver negative emissions and the key opportunities and risks associated with deployment.
Patricia Thornley (PI) is director of the Supergen Bioenergy hub and professor of sustainable energy systems in the school of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. Patricia has 25 years’ experience working on bioenergy projects in industry and academia, particularly modelling process, life-cycle and environmental performance. She has led the Supergen bioenergy hub since 2012, is editor in chief of the journal Biomass and Bioenergy, is the UK nominated representative on the European Technology and Innovation Platform for biotechnology and bioenergy and chairs the advisory board for the Committee on Climate Change’s bioenergy report.
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