Title: Mitigating CO2 emissions based on a per tonne carbon price
Speaker: Rob Lavoie, P.Eng., Senior Reservoir Engineering Specialist, CalPetra Inc.
Robert Lavoie, B.Sc., P.Eng. – is a reservoir engineer with more than 30 years of oil field experience. After ten years with Shell Canada, Rob spent four years working with TCPL (former NOVA) designing a natural gas supply forecasting information system for all of the WCSB. Over the past 15+ years he has designed and written regulator applications for multiple CO2 and acid gas enhanced oil recovery projects and waterflood schemes for a number of companies as a reservoir engineering with RPS Energy and as an independent consultant. Rob provided project management for the U of C’s Wabamun Area CO2 Sequestration Project (WASP) during 2008 and 2009. He is passionate about every and all methods of reducing the CO2 intensity of Canada’s economy.
Rob’s international interests have taken him to Kenya, East Africa to introduce the use of micro-gasifier technology for clean efficient cooking stoves in rural areas where cooking is traditionally done on open fires. The topic of his presentation will touch on the nature of these stoves as a method of both improving lives and reducing carbon emissions in the developing world context. The concept of these stoves is to make primary use of the energy contained in the hydrogen stored in fire wood, while leaving as much of the carbon behind as beneficially usable charcoal. This same concept could be further expanded for the developed world.
The talk will focus on pyrolysis and other chemical methods of separating hydrogen from fossil carbons (Atlantic Hydrogen example) and leaving behind solid carbon for beneficial use. The point of the talk is to further strengthen the need for further research and development into the separation of, and capture of Carbon from fossil carbons to create a sustainable (pre-nueclear age) energy system of the future.