Lab’s ‘Science on Saturday’ lecture examines underground storage of carbon dioxide

Feb. 9, 2010

Lab’s ‘Science on Saturday’ lecture examines underground storage of carbon dioxide

WHO: Roger Aines, LLNL scientist and Ken Wedel, Tracy High School teacher, will present, "Put it Back When You Are Done: Storing Carbon Dioxide in the Earth, not the Atmosphere.

Hydrocarbon fuels almost exclusively come from underground. We burn the coal or oil to obtain energy — and for hundreds of years, we have then allowed the resulting carbon dioxide to simply enter the atmosphere. A major aspect of current plans to manage the climate change resulting from the accumulated carbon dioxide is the effort to capture that carbon dioxide before it enters the atmosphere, and put it back underground. Particularly for large power plants and factories, this will make it possible to continue using hydrocarbon fuels without degrading the climate.

This presentation will discuss the role that underground storage of carbon dioxide can play in helping avoid damaging climate change, and the scientific challenges that face us in trying to keep the atmospheric load of carbon dioxide from continuing to grow due to burning fossil fuels.


Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010

Session 1:   9:30 a.m.
Session 2: 11:15 a.m.

WHERE: Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore


NOTE: Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis; there is no pre-registration. Admission is free. Directions, maps and a complete list of lectures are available at Science on Saturday is presented by LLNL's Science Education Program.