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GCEP co-sponsors and supports energy research activities and hosts study tours from around the world. GCEP directors and energy analysts speak at international energy conferences and share their technical expertise with a number of organizations. Here are some recent activities:

Carbon Capture and Storage Public Workshop
September 25, 2009: GCEP Director Sally Benson spoke at the Carbon Capture and Storage Public Workshop in Bakersfield, CA. The event was co-sponsored by GCEP and hosted by California State University, Bakersfield. Prof. Benson’s presentation titled, “Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage: A Primer” is available here.

Global Energy Assessment, Coordinating Lead Author
June 19, 2009: GCEP Director Sally Benson is the coordinating lead author of the Global Energy Assessment (GEA) and participated in the plenary meeting on this date. The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) along with a number of international partners is undertaking the GEA, a major initiative seeking to redefine the global energy policy agenda. This multi-year and multi-stakeholder activity aims to help decision makers address the challenges of providing energy services for sustainable development throughout the world. More information is available here.

50th Anniversary of the Japanese Association of Groundwater Hydrologists
May 29, 2009: GCEP Director Sally Benson gave a presentation at the 50th Anniversary of the Japanese Association of Groundwater Hydrologists event held in Tokyo, Japan. Professor Benson spoke about “The Future of Energy: Technology for a Sustainable Energy System” and her presentation is available here (pdf).

Eighth Annual Carbon Capture and Sequestration Conference
May 7, 2009: GCEP Director Sally Benson gave the closing plenary speech at the Eighth Annual Carbon Capture and Sequestration Conference held in Pittsburgh, PA. The conference was sponsored by the National Energy Technology Laboratory, Department of Energy, and ExchangeMonitor Publications & Forums in partnership with leading global companies and organizations directly involved in CCS projects. A PDF of Professor’s Benson’s presentation titled “Steps to Accelerate Deployment of CCS… Storage” is available here (pdf).

Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting

April 14, 2009: GCEP Managing Director, Richard Sassoon, gave a presentation about exergy and carbon analysis at the MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco, CA. A GCEP research paper entitled, “Quantifying the Flow of Exergy and Carbon through the Natural and Human Systems” accompanied the talk. The abstract is available and the paper will be posted soon on the MRS site under "Symposium R." The data and flow charts from Dr. Sassoon’s presentation are available here.

Carbon Capture & Sequestration Public Workshops
March 5 - 6, 2009: GCEP Director Sally Benson gave a presentation about carbon capture and sequestration at workshops held in New York City (March 5) and Washington, DC (March 6). Open and free of charge to the general public, the workshops were hosted by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Environmental Defense Fund and were co-sponsored by GCEP.

Professor Benson’s presentation titled “Carbon Dioxide Capture and Sequestration in Deep Geological Formations” and other talks from the workshop are available on the NRDC site.

China Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Study Tour
February 27, 2009: GCEP Director Sally Benson, a member of the U.S. steering committee for the World Resources Institute-sponsored China CCS Guidelines project, hosted CCS study tour members during their visit to Stanford University. Organized by WRI and Tsinghua University, the tour brought together a number of leading CCS and energy experts from China and the U.S, including Stanford professors Mark Zoback and David Victor. Professor Benson provided the group with an overview of GCEP’s CCS research efforts, along with a tour of labs on campus working on saline storage, carbon dioxide capture (systems modeling) and the tracking the world-wide development of CCS. A follow-up study tour to China will take place in June. For more information about this effort, please visit the WRI site.



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