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William Mong Distinguished Lecture by Professor M. Mercedes Maroto-Valer

Meeting the Energy Challenge

Professor M. Mercedes Maroto-Valer, a Professor of School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Heriot Watt University gave a lecture on September 26, 2013 titled “Meeting the Energy Challenge” at Wang Gungwu Theatre, Graduate House.

The quest for sustainable energy to meet the demands of a rising global population is one of the main challenges for humanity this century, with global energy needs set to double by 2050. This is set against the backdrop of increasing CO2 emissions and associated climate change, and targets set out worldwide to cut CO2 emissions. Carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) technologies are considered an essential bridge between our present fossil energy and a future renewable based energy, as they have the potential to reduce overall mitigation costs and increase flexibility in achieving the sought after reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. This presentation described a number of our research programmes, including novel sorbents for more efficient capture; modelling and experimental studies of geological carbon storage and ecosystem responses to releases of CO2. Our research activities also include the conversion of CO2 into valuable chemicals and solar fuels.

William Mong Distinguished Lecture by Professor M. Mercedes Maroto-Valer

Professor M. Mercedes Maroto-Valer

The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Engineering