Special Seminar – Paul Fennell – November 17 2017

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering as part of its Departmental Seminar Series announces the upcoming Special Seminar:

  • Topic: Industrial Carbon Capture: From Today to the Future
  • Speaker: Professor Paul Fennell, Imperial College London
  • Host: Dr. Naoko Ellis
  • Time & Date: 1:00pm-1:50pm; November 17, 2017
  • Location: Chemical and Biological Engineering Building Room 102



In order to meet the IPCC recommendation for an 80% cut in CO2 emissions by 2050, industries will be required to drastically reduce their emissions. To meet these targets, technologies such as carbon capture

and storage (CCS) must be part of the economic set of decarbonisation options for industry. Options for decarbonising four of the largest industrial sectors (the iron and steel industry, the cement industry, the petroleum refining industry and the pulp and paper industry) as well as selected high-purity sources of CO2 will be discussed. Costing data have been gathered, and used to roughly project costs for the future. The factors found to have the greatest overall impact were the initial cost of CCS at the start of deployment and the start date at which large scale deployment is started. The talk will then move on to the applications of high temperature solid looping cycles (Calcium and Chemical Looping) and their integration with different industries, including some detailed research conducted at IC investigating the applications of pressurized calcium looping when integrated with bioenergy for CO2 removal from the atmosphere.


Paul Fennell is a Professor of Clean Energy at Imperial College London. He obtained his degree in Chemical Engineering and PhD from the University of Cambridge. He is a Chartered Chemical Engineer and Scientist and Fellow of the IChemE. He also has Chaired the Institution of Chemical Engineers Clean Energy SIG, was a previous member of the International Energy Authority High-Temperature Solid Looping Cycles Network Executive, and has written reports for the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on future technologies for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and carbon capture readiness. He has been director of Imperial College’s Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage and is the Research Area Champion for Industrial CO2 Capture and Storage for the UK CO2 Capture and Storage Research Centre, as well as one of the grant holders. He has published 90 + papers since 2005 and is the 2015 winner of the Institution of Chemical Engineers’ Ambassador prize.