The Future of Carbon Capture & Storage Technology
Dr. Tim Fox Head of Energy & Environment at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Tim's role involves developing and communicating the Institution’s policies on energy, environment and sustainability issues, authoring thought-leadership reports and providing input to government policy making. He regularly writes and talks on these topics, which include carbon capture, and frequently appears in the national and international press and broadcast media.
Tim was the lead-author on Institution’s groundbreaking climate change series of reports including ‘Geo-engineering: Giving us the time to act?’ and more recently ‘ Negative Emissions and Carbon Recycling: Air Capture’. He is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Chartered Environmentalist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Tim has a wide range of research and engineering practice experience gained across many industrial sectors including power generation, chemical processing and renewable energy.
Dr Jan Ole Kiso Senior Policy Adviser at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
Jan is a member of the 2050 Roadmap project at the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Previously, he worked on the White Paper ‘The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan’ as well as other publications on Carbon Budgets, Heat and Energy Savings. He started his time in Government at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit of the Cabinet Office in 2002.
Dr Alan Knight OBE Group Sustainability Adviser & Director, Virgin Earth Challenge
Alan advises the Virgin Group on sustainable development and directs the Virgin Earth Challenge, an initiative to develop technology to recycle CO2 into commercially viable products. He has nearly 20 years’ experience of working with global and national companies and governments on sustainability. He chairs the UK Task Force on Peat which is coordinating the phase-out of peat in UK gardening and food production. He is also a panelist on the UK Independent Panel on Forestry and is a founder of the Global Association of Corporate Sustainability Officers (GACSO).
For nine years he was a commissioner with the Sustainable Development Commission. He helped to create the Forest Stewardship Council and introduced the concept of "choice editing" into the product policy debate. He frequently lectures on sustainable lifestyles and product centric corporate sustainability in Europe, the Americas, Australasia and Asia.
He is a visiting professor at the Exeter University Business School and a Senior Associate of the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership. He was awarded the OBE in June 1998 and in 2005 the US-based Rainforest Alliance presented him with a lifelong award for his contribution towards finding solutions to forest loss by the timber trade.
Klaus Lackner Professor of Geophysics at Columbia University and Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering
Klaus is the Ewing Worzel Professor of Geophysics at Columbia University, where he is also the Director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy, the Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, and a member of the Earth Institute faculty. Lackner’s current research interests include carbon capture and sequestration, air capture, energy systems and scaling properties (including synthetic fuels and wind energy), energy and environmental policy, lifecycle analysis, and zero emission modeling for coal and cement plants.
His scientific career started in the phenomenology of weakly interacting particles. While searching for quarks, he and George Zweig developed the chemistry of atoms with fractional nuclear charge. He participated in matter searches for particles with a non-integer charge in an experiment conducted at Stanford by Martin Perl and his group. After joining Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in 1983, Lackner became involved in hydrodynamic work and fusion-related research. He was a scientist in the Theoretical Division, but also an active part of the Laboratory’s upper management. He was instrumental in forming the Zero Emission Coal Alliance and was a lead author in the IPCC Report on Carbon Capture and Storage. In 2001, Lackner joined Columbia University and, in 2004, became a member of Global Research Technologies, LLC. He was awarded the Clemm-Haas Prize for his outstanding Ph.D. thesis at Heidelberg University. Lackner held postdoctoral positions at the California Institute of Technology and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center before beginning his professional career. Claus was also awarded the Weapons Recognition of Excellence Award in 1991 and the National Laboratory Consortium Award for Technology in 2001.
Dr Richard Pearson Senior Technical Specialist Advanced Research Concepts at Lotus Engineering
Richard Pearson is a Senior Technical Specialist in the Advanced Concepts Group at Lotus Engineering focusing on technologies and strategies for low carbon transport. He obtained a first class degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Liverpool and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in modelling of the thermodynamics and gas dynamics of internal combustion engines from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. After his undergraduate studies he worked at Ricardo Consulting Engineers before returning to academia for his post-graduate studies.
Richard worked as a research associate and a lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department at UMIST before joining Lotus in 1998. He has co-authored two books, two book chapters, almost seventy peer reviewed technical papers and is the co-initiator of the Sustainable Organic Fuels for Transport (SOFT) concept.
Dr. Ward Goldthorpe
Programme Manager for Carbon Capture and Storage at the Crown Estate
Ward leads the CO2 and Natural Gas Storage programmes at The Crown Estate, which is the owner of storage rights on the UK continental shelf. His role involves managing the leasing of storage sites and building The Crown Estate capability for commercialising the storage resource beyond demonstration projects. He has 30 years experience in the international petroleum industry, a large part of which has been in developing upstream and midstream natural gas and LNG projects in Australia, South America, South Asia and the Middle East. This experience has included technical, commercial and business development roles with Shell, Woodside and BHP Billiton.
He has spent the last five years working in Australia and the United Kingdom on the full spectrum of deployment issues for transportation and geological storage of CO2. He holds a PhD in theoretical physics from Imperial College, London and an MPhil from the University of Melbourne in Energy and Climate Policy. His research for the latter was focussed on the role of CCS in energy system decarbonisation. Ward is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
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Robert Hokin Chief Executive of ecoConnect CIC
ecoConnect is Britain's cleantech business association, connections hub and "voice of the industry", focusing on business support, investment, policy, jobs and skills. Since its formation, ecoConnect has mobilised a community of over 16,000 cleantech and cleantech interested executives. ecoConnect’s mission is to bring together key players from industry, innovation and investment to help accelerate the pace of UK cleantech both domestically and abroad.
American born, Robert is a business management specialist with over 20 years international experience in quoted companies such as GEC-Marconi, Worldcom, AseaBrownBoveri (ABB) and McAfee, commercialising new technology and R&D. Recognising a pressing need for better business support in the cleantech industry, he founded ecoConnect in 2009. Robert is a keen advocate of technology innovation and it's practical application in business and industry. He is a member of PRASEG (The Associate Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group), UK Social Investment & Finance, The London Accord and is a Fellow of the RSA.
"The Government is supportive of the excellent work that ecoConnect performs in bringing together a support community for green technology and innovation, both of which are fundamental to the delivery of our climate
change targets, and to the growth of the low carbon sector in the UK." Dept of Energy and Climate Change
"I am pleased to lend my support to ecoConnect. It is vital that we accelerate the uptake of cleantech solutions to help us better manage energy demand and cut carbon emissions. This will help us deliver my vision of a thriving low carbon economy which is stimulating green collar jobs and lessening our reliance on fossil fuels. I welcome the impetus ecoConnect is providing."
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