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IMM colloquium by prof. Krijn de Jong (Utrecht Univ., Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis) (Lecture)

Tuesday 28 November 2017Add to my calendar
from 16:00
Prof. Krijn de Jong (Univ. Utrecht)
Sustainable Energy - From Adjectives to Numbers
Preceding lecture
Brian Kiraly (Scanning Probe Microscopy): "Atomic Scale Studies of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Defects in Black"

krijn-de-jong-200x300Reliable and affordable energy supply largely based on fossil resources is a cornerstone of modern societies but concerns about emissions of CO2 and related climate change are growing. The Paris Climate Agreement has led to broad consensus to restrict temperature increase to a maximum of 2 °C which translates into a maximum allowable ’carbon budget’ of emissions of CO2 for the coming decades.

In this talk we analyze data on energy usage and the main sources of energy. Fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas) dominate energy supply at present. We consider more efficient usage of fossil fuels a.o. in the transport sector [3] and possibilities and limitations of carbon capture and storage (CCS). Renewable energy resources are plentiful in principle but quantification of availability is needed. Next to availability we analyze the time frame in which implementation at scale of these new technologies can be realized. Finally we discuss the impact of politics , society and personal behavior on the energy transition.