PTSE2010 - International Conference on “Processes and Technologies for a Sustainable Energy”
The Italian Section of The Combustion Instite, IFRF (International Flame Research Foundation), ENEA (Italian Agency for Energy, Environment and New Technologies) and the Italian Association CO2Club had the pleasure to organize the international conference:
PROCESSES AND TECHNOLOGIES FOR A SUSTAINABLE ENERGY
XXXIII Event of the Italian Section of the CI
Continental Terme Hotel, Ischia
June 27-30, 2010
This conference aims to favor the exchange between researcher involved in both combustion process and technologies development and those concerned with the research in the CCS field. The main reason for pursuing such an objective relies in the consideration that a key role in the application of more climate compatible energy production strategies cannot avoid a strong and stable interaction between researchers active in combustion research and those involved in the development of CCS technologies.
The focus of the research and development of fossil fuels based energy production plants was mainly aimed, in the past years, at mitigating environmental impact due to the pollutants emission by developing both cleaner combustion processes and technologies and efficient after-burning treatments. In more recent years the growing interest on the effects on the global climate, mainly represented by the increasing level of carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere, pushed for the definition of a suitable strategy to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide due to man activities and, in particular, from combustion based systems.
Such a reduction can be, in line of principle, achieved both by reducing the emission, by means of more efficient processes, and by preventing the release in the atmosphere, by means of a carbon capture and storage (CCS) strategy.
Many relevant issues are still open both on the side of combustion systems and on the capture and storage technologies one. Concerning combustion, efficiency and cleanliness of the plants have to be coupled with their modification in order to ease subsequent separation and storage of carbon dioxide from the exhausts. This will require adoption of new concepts and configurations that are either still under evaluation for their practical applicability or already available for their direct use but that have to be verified for their compatibility with a CCS application. On the other hand, even if CCS has been repeatedly indicated as a potentially important climate change mitigation measure in the coming decades, it is still a major challenge the demonstration of its feasibility and economic compatibility in the large scale required to make a significant contribution to mitigating the risk of dangerous climate change.