Abstract: How can we provide enough energy for the 9 billion people we expect on the Earth by 2050 without damaging the planetary support systems we rely on?
In this talk, GCEP Director Sally Benson will provide an update on the project’s progress towards developing breakthrough energy technologies, educating future energy researchers, and providing affordable and clean energy for everyone. Benson will share highlights of GCEP’s decade of innovation and progress in the full spectrum of energy research. Recent results from GCEP’s energy systems analysis that prospective storage technologies and the impact of storage on the energetic efficiency of solar and wind power will be presented. She will also talk about new directions – including lessons learned from a GCEP-sponsored workshop in Mumbai, India, about the need for ultra-affordable energy solutions for the developing world.
The Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) at Stanford University is addressing this challenge everyday. Established in 2002, GCEP is a groundbreaking university-industry partnership that supports fundamental research on sustainable, efficient technologies that significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and that are cost effective when deployed at scale. GCEP is sponsored by ExxonMobil, GE, Schlumberger and DuPont.
GCEP: Benson is director of GCEP at Stanford University. She is also a professor of energy resources engineering in Stanford’s School of Earth Sciences and a lead principal investigator on the GCEP research program entitled, Multiphase Flow of CO2 and Water in Reservoir Rocks. She also leads the GCEP energy systems analysis team.
Benson is a member of the American Geophysical Union, Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. In 2012, she received the Greenman Award from the IEA Greenhouse Gas Programme.
A groundwater hydrologist and reservoir engineer, Benson has conducted research to address a broad range of issues. Over the past 15 years, she has studied how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by capturing CO2 from power plants and pumping it into deep underground formations for permanent sequestration as a means of climate change mitigation. Her research interests also include energy systems analysis.
Benson was a convening lead author of the 2012 Global Energy Assessment and a coordinating lead author on the 2005 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on CO2 capture and storage.
She received a B.A. in geology from Barnard College at Columbia University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in materials science and mineral engineering from the University of California-Berkeley.