Graduate Student Perspective on GHGT-11

Graduate Student Perspective on GHGT-11

CPGE GradsA large cadre of students and faculty attended the 2012 International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Technologies (GHGT-11) in Kyoto. Bringing students to meetings is an important aspect of CPGE's mission, to provide research educational opportunities for graduate students. This year, Dr. Steve Bryant of CPGE brought  8 students to GHGT-11 and the CPGE contingent presented 20 papers and posters. According to Dr. Bryant, there are numerous advantages of having Graduate Research Assistants attend international conferences: “The UT CPGE industrial affiliates program on geologic CO2 storage is one of the most productive in the world. Having the students who are doing the research present their results in person at GHGT is great way to remind the community of UT's leadership in this area.  When you put the CPGE contingent in the conference hall along with those from the Gulf Coast Carbon Center and the Luminant Carbon Management Center, it's a sea of burnt orange -- and that's another reason that GHGT is coming to Austin in 2014.” We caught up with Chris Blyton, one of Dr. Bryant's graduate students who attended GHGT-11 in Kyoto, to give us his perspective on the 2012 International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Technologies (GHGT-11) in Kyoto.

Chris Blyton:

"My MS research focused on experimental measurement of the intrinsic mass transfer coefficient for CO2 in brine. The data acquired on variation of the coefficient as a function of temperature, pressure and brine salinity allows for the design of facilities to enable a ‘surface dissolution’ approach to geologic CO2 storage. In brief, this approach requires lifting native brine from an aquifer, dissolving CO2 at the surface and then re-injection of the CO2 saturated brine. This concept eliminates many difficulties associated with the conventional approach to CO2 sequestration.

The 2012 International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Technologies (GHGT) was the 11th such meeting, which are held on a biennial basis. Both the capture and storage aspects of geologic CO2 storage are included in the scope of the conference, which also covers many related topics. Some of these included other technical aspects such as transport and demonstration projects, as well as non-technical issues; public perception, policy, legal issues and education. While I attended the 2010 meeting, 2012 was my first time presenting my work in this forum.

CPGE GraduatesMy research was accepted for a two-hour poster session. I spent the first hour discussing the project in considerable detail with two scientists from CSIRO (Australia). On a side note, one was a UT PE PhD, such is the small world in which we live! It was satisfying to find an audience of researchers who were interested in the data and modeling I had completed, as it had direct application to an aspect of their own field test. For the remaining hour a number of people dropped by and I seemed to be constantly answering questions, which left me somewhat exhausted though it was a great experience.

While I have travelled quite a bit, I had yet to visit Japan prior to the trip. On landing in Osaka the first impression was of a very organized and clean place, as I expected. On getting on the train to Kyoto, my expectations for thoroughly modern transport were challenged. It was clean, though also very dated. Kyoto had the same feeling, the ‘modern’ buildings were decades old and there did not seem to be much recent construction. Perhaps in a way I was expecting all of Japan to be like Tokyo. The historical sites in and around the city, such as Kinkaku-ji (a Zen Buddist Temple) and Nijo-jo (a castle) are beautiful and definitely worth visiting, though hopes of enjoying the serenity they may have been designed to allow are quickly dashed by the large groups of tourists!"

February 1, 2013 interview with Chris Blyton by CPGE-news