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CLIMIT PhD Seminar: - Young researchers show how to do it!

The participants at the CLIMIT and BIGCCS Seminar 2015 visited the Tiller CO2 Lab. Thor Mejdell from SINTEF (to the right) presented the activities at the lab. Photo: Jon Magne Johansen, SINTEF

The CLIMIT PhD Seminar has become a tradition. Each autumn PhD and PostDoc candidates team up in the annual PhD seminar to present their results and learn from each other. This year's seminar was arranged together with the research centre BIGCCS, and the seminar was in fact the CLIMIT and BIGCCS PhD seminar 2015.

Luca Ansaloni from NTNU (to the right) is handed the price for best poster by Aage Stangeland from the Research Council of Norway. Ansaloni is doing research on a new concept for CO2 capture based on membrane contactors. Photo: Åse Slagtern, The Research Council of Norway (Foto: Åse Slagtern, The Research Council of Norway) About 40 young scientists signed up for the seminar which started with a visit to the Tiller CO2 Capture Pilot. This is a world class laboratory for testing solvents for post combustion CO2 capture. The laboratory has been essential in qualifying CO2 capture technologies and it provides an excellent research infrastructure for the scientists aiming at improved CO2 capture technologies.

The main focus of the second day of the seminar was presentations from the young scientists. The ambition was to ensure knowledge sharing and to establish a platform for network building. The presentations showed that the PhD and PostDoc candidates have some very interesting results. The presentations ranged from new innovations within membranes for CO2 capture to new models for CO2 storage. All of the presentations, and also the posters presented, showed that the young scientists have many results that will be important in our common struggle to commercialise cost effective CCS technologies.

Three invited speakers gave presentations that were highly appreciated by the audience. Nils Røkke from SINTEF gave an overview of international status of CCS, Christian Gutvik from NTNU Technology Transfer told us how research results can be commercialised, and Malin Torsæter from SINTEF Petroleum gave an inspiring talk about challenges and opportunities that PhD students will meet if they start an academic careers.

Evaluation forms filled out by the participants showed significant added value from the seminar. The participants reported that they had gained new and valuable knowledge about CCS and that the networking had been very valuable.

Odd Andersen from SINTEF and the University of Bergen won the price for best presentation for his talk on CO2 storage modelling. Photo: Åse Slagtern, The Research Council of Norway The programme and the presentations from the seminar can be downloaded from the list below:

  • Programme. Download
  • Introduction by Aage Stangeland, the Research Council of Norway. Download
  • International status of CCS, Nils Røkke, Vice President Climate Technologies at SINTEF. Download
  • Energy efficient CO2 capture, Koteswara Rao Putta, PhD student, NTNU. Download
  • Vapour-liquid equilibrium during CO2 transport , Snorre Foss Westman, PhD student, NTNU
  • The importance of CO2 storage modelling, Odd Andersen, PhD student, University of Bergen and SINTEF. Download
  • CLC - A new and innovative CO2 capture technology, Vincent Thoréton, PostDoc, NTNU. Download
  • Stress changes during CO2 storage, Sohrab Gheibi, PhD student, NTNU. Download
  • How to commercialise your research results, Christian Gutvik, NTNU Technology Transfer AS.
  • Environmental impact of CO2 capture, Liang Zhu, PostDoc, University of Oslo. Download
  • Storing CO2 in hydrates, Khadijeh Qorbani Nashaqi, PhD student, University of Bergen. Download
  • CO2 capture by membranes, Sarmad Waheed Saeed, PhD student, University of Oslo. Download
  • Power production and CO2 capture from Hydrogen combustion, Marcin Damian Dutka, PhD student, NTNU. Download
  • Interaction of rock and fluid during CO2 storage, Tore Bjørnarå, PhD student, NGI. Download
  • From PhD student to researcher – opportunities and challenges, Malin Torsæter, Researcher at SINTEF Petroleum. Download
  • Group discussion. Download

Interesting group discussions at the PhD Seminar. Photo: Åse Slagtern, The Research Council of Norway (Foto: Åse Slagtern, The Research Council of Norway)


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