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To stay within the 2°C carbon budget, a very significant reduction in fossil fuel consumption is required. If we are to meet our carbon budget, the majority of global fossil fuel reserves cannot be combusted. The role of technologies such as carbon capture and storage (CCS) may be critical in enabling a greater quantity of fossil fuel to be combusted within a low-carbon framework; however, a number of studies are currently reaching different conclusions. During an April talk hosted by the MIT Energy Initiative, Dr. Budinis of Imperial College London assessed the current state of knowledge regarding the ‘unburnable carbon’ issue and attempted to provide clarity by quantitatively defining the potential role of CCS in unlocking the unburnable carbon over the next 85 years.
Sponsored by the MITEI Low-Carbon Energy Center for Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage.
Sara Budinis joined the Sustainable Gas Institute in May 2015 from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, where she was a Marie Curie Early Stage Research Fellow from September 2011 to September 2014. She recently completed her PhD project under the supervision of Professor Nina F. Thornhill on operation and control of centrifugal gas compressors, with a focus on carbon dioxide compressors. This project was part of the European Project Energy SmartOps. Budinis received her BEng degree (2006) and MEng degree (2009) in chemical engineering and her MSc degree (2010) in industrial engineering from the University of Genoa, Italy. She spent the first year of her MEng degree as Erasmus student at University College of London. She also worked as R&D Aerodynamic engineer at Ansaldo Energia from June 2009 until September 2011.