Highlights in Energy Research (ChE-605)

The seminar series “Highlights in Energy Research” is organized by Professor Queen from EPFL Valais Wallis and takes place every other Thursday at 16:00 – 17:00 in the Zeuzier room at the 4th floor at EPFL Valais in Sion. The seminars are available live on the link in the memento https://isic.epfl.ch/memento. Some of them are filmed. You can find them here

Upcoming Seminars

Prof. Susana Garcia

Novel porous materials for CO2 capture applications

ChE-605 - Highlights in Energy Research seminar series
The UK Government has an ambitious target to reduce CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050, where Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) together with bioenergy are critical for the UK to meet its reduction targets, whilst delivering affordable, secure and sustainable energy.  However, significant challenges remain in growing CCS from the megaton level on CO2 emissions reductions, where it is today, to the gigaton level where it needs to be to help mitigate global climate change. These challenges include the efficiency and capital cost penalties associated with CO2 capture, which are hindering the deployment of CCS. The advancement of sorption-based technologies for capturing CO2 from power plants and large industrial facilities has attracted a lot of interest in recent years. Some of the main advantages of a sorption-based process over the conventional amine scrubbing process include low regeneration energy requirements, no liquid waste and a much wider range of possible operating temperature (typically ranging from ambient temperature to 700°C). 
In the past few years, our group has engaged in the development of novel solid sorbents for CO2 capture with superior performance and desirable economics. This seminar will provide an overview of our research – past and current – in that field. I will present selected examples of our work, where our group’s approach encompasses not only materials synthesis but also characterization, lab-scale performance testing, process intensification and process modelling including process integration and optimisation. By establishing the materials composition-structure-performance relationship and by anticipating the required process performance, we can ultimately provide guidance for the development of more advanced, next-generation materials for cost-competitive and efficient separation processes in energy, industrial and environmental applications.

By: Prof. Susana Garcia
Institute of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering,
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh