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AP 483 Seminar: An energy eco-systems perspective towards achieving 50% CO2 reduction in ten years

Topic: 
An energy eco-systems perspective towards achieving 50% CO2 reduction in ten years
Abstract / Description: 

As many countries are committed to reducing CO2 by 50% in approximately ten years, the question we raise is: What is the optimal strategy to achieve this goal, while minimizing cost? Cost is defined here as investment required to achieve the goal while providing users sustainable energy at the lowest price. The approach we advocate is to start with the current LLNL Energy Flow Diagrams for 2021, and ask all major players in the energy ecosystem to provide their approach to achieve the above defined objective. This idea is implemented in a three day meeting at Caltech, called EC-10 in the middle of this year. The output of the meeting will be a number of potential scenarios that are further processed after the meeting to find an optimal strategy. As a by-product key technology, regulatory, and other obstacles and potential solutions/opportunities will be identified. In a follow-up effort a detailed strategic plan will be developed with key eco-system participants in the fall of 2022.

Date and Time: 
Monday, January 24, 2022 - 4:15pm

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