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Feb 2023 SPE-SA Distinguished Lecturer

Event Details
Event Date 17th Feb 2023
Time 11:30 for 12:00 hrs start
Duration 2 hours
Registration Details
Closing Date 13th Feb 2023
Registrations Available 99
SPE Member $45.00 ea
Students $20.00 ea
General $75.00 ea
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The Role of CCS and Hydrogen in the Energy Transition

Hon Chau Lau

Friday 17th Feb 2023

Ayers House, 288 North Terrace, Adelaide

11:30 for 12:00 hrs

Please RSVP by COB Monday Feb 13th by registering for this event online.

$45 SPE members / $75 non-members / $20 student members


Contrary to popular belief, the ongoing energy transition from a high to low carbon economy requires more than harnessing renewable energies.  Currently, only 11% of global energy consumption come from renewable energy while 85% come from fossil fuels.  The current pace of installing renewable power plants is inadequate for nations to achieve net-zero by the second half of the century.  Achieving net-zero will require each country to decarbonize all three major energy consumptions sectors: power, transport and industry. There are essentially five ways to achieve this.  They are renewable energy, carbon capture and storage (CCS), hydrogen, nuclear energy and reducing energy demand.  How each country will utilize these ways to go through the energy transition will depend on its specific energy mix and the need to balance energy security, affordability, and sustainability. This seminar will show how CCS and hydrogen are key to achieving net-zero in all three energy consumption sectors. Furthermore, there is enough storage capacity in oil and gas fields, and saline aquifers in the world to store two centuries of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emission. We will present several case studies of large-scale CCS demonstration projects in Europe and Asia and discuss what is needed to take CCS to the next level of implementation. 


Prof. Lau worked for Shell's upstream business for 35 years where he had held positions in R&D, field development planning, technical assurance, training, project management and technical leadership.  From 2016-2021, he was a professor of practice at the National University of Singaspore (NUS) and senior scientific advisor at Singapore's Agency of Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).  At NUS, he taught and conducted research on unconventional and renewable energy resources.  In 2021, Prof. Lau founded Low Carbon Energies, a consulting firm focusing on the energy transition.   He holds BSc and PhD in chemical engineering from Caltech and Princeton, respectively, and is a registered professional engineer in Texas.  He is also an adjunct professor at the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at Rice University.

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