THE ENERGY AND RESOURCES GROUP SPRING 2019 COLLOQUIUM SERIES PRESENTS:
Daniel L. Sanchez
Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
University of California, Berkeley
DATE: Wednesday, February 6, 2019
PLACE: 126 Barrows
TITLE: Near-term opportunities for carbon dioxide removal from bioenergy
Capture and permanent geologic sequestration of biogenic CO2 emissions may provide critical flexibility in ambitious climate change mitigation. However, most bioenergy with carbon capture and sequestration (BECCS) technologies are technically immature or commercially unavailable. Here, I evaluate low-cost, commercially ready and/or small scale BECCS technologies. These include CCS at existing biorefineries, carbon sequestration from biogas upgrading, biochar production, and other advanced systems. These systems embrace modularity, low- or no-cost CO2 capture, and satisfy regional policy conditions or niche market demands to provide cost-effective CO2 sequestration from bioenergy.
Daniel L. Sanchez is an engineer and energy systems analyst studying the commercialization and deployment of energy technologies that remove CO2 from the atmosphere. As an Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, he runs the Carbon Removal Lab, which aims to commercialize sustainable negative emissions technologies, and supports outreach to policymakers and technologists in California. Prior to joining the faculty of UC Berkeley, Daniel served as a AAAS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow in the U.S. Senate. He holds a PhD and MS from UC Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group, and a BSE in chemical and biomolecular engineering.