Mechanical Engineering


Webinar: Essential ingredients for the energy transition towards net zero

13 September 2022, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

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Explore some of the key factors necessary for the energy transition towards net zero with guest speaker Professor Matteo Romano from Politecnico di Milano.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Nelia Jurado – UCL Mechanical Engineering

What the webinar will address

Renewables and the electrification of new sectors (especially residential and industrial heating and mobility) are key ingredients for energy transition. However, for a quick and fair transition towards the net zero target, other ingredients will be also be needed – some of which should not be excluded a priori!

CO2 capture and storage (CCS) is one of these ingredients and is essential for the decarbonisation of some hard-to-abate industrial sectors, such as cement and waste-to-energy. It is expected to be highly competitive, both economically and environmentally, in other sectors competing with 'green' alternatives.

Another key means of decarbonising important sectors of the economy is 'Second generation' biomass – a unique source of renewable energy and renewable carbon that has limited availability. The increasing value of atmospheric CO2 removal will generate greater competition among its potential uses.

In this talk, guest speaker Professor Matteo Romano will provide an overview of key priorities in the deployment of different technologies for reaching net zero before discussing the most interesting outcomes from recent process engineering research in the field of CCS. He will also highlight the importance of flexible plant operations when integrated in energy systems dominated by intermittent renewables.

The talk will be taking place on 13 September from 1–2pm via Zoom. Do come along!

About the Speaker

Professor Matteo Romano

Matteo Romano, Professor of Systems for Energy and Environment at Politecnico di Milano, is a member of the Group of Energy Conversion Systems and the Executive Board of Alta Scuola Politecnic. He holds a MSc in Environmental Engineering and a PhD in Energy Engineering. 

His research work focuses on supporting the development of emerging technologies for CO2 capture in power plants and various industrial sectors for CO2 conversion and biofuels production.

Matteo Romano has published more than 120 scientific papers and is author of the patents of the novel Integrated Calcium looping process for CO2 capture from cement plants, currently at TRL7 demonstration phase in the EU H2020 Cleanker project. He is also Associate Editor of the Elsevier International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control.