Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Life's a gas; identifying fingerprints in gases for future clean energy provision

Driven by the increasing threat of global climate change, there is an urgent need to rapidly decarbonise the global energy system. This lecture will identify the role that carbon capture and storage technologies can play in meeting this challenge and how identifying fingerprints in gases can help to provide secure carbon dioxide storage in the subsurface.

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is the only currently available technology that can directly reduce CO2 emissions caused by fossil fuel combustion. The technology involves capture of CO2 at the point source, followed by transport and secure storage of the CO2 into a deep geological reservoir.

This lecture will explore how identifying the chemical fingerprints in natural gases can be used to prove that secure storage of CO2 over millions of years is probable, how these fingerprints can identify the mechanisms of storage that operate in nature and how engineered CO2 storage can be monitored in order to ensure secure storage and effective emissions mitigation.

Following the talk there will be a Q&A with Dr Gilfillan

Stuart Gilfillan is a Senior Lecturer in Geochemistry in University of Edinburgh's School of Geosciences.

Doors open at 6.15pm 

Our Changing World Series

The Our Changing World series, now in its ninth year, is a credit-bearing course that opens its doors to the public, who we invite to attend fascinating and accessible talks alongside our students. This year's theme is 'identity'.  For more information on the series please visit:

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Nov 13 2018 18.30 - 20.00

Life's a gas; identifying fingerprints in gases for future clean energy provision

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Gordon Aikman Lecture Theatre, 32 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LH