Palo Alto Colloquia
September 25, 2014
METHANE EMISSIONS FROM NORTH AMERICAN NATURAL GAS SYSTEMS - THE STATE OF THE SCIENCE
Dr. Adam Brandt, Department of Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University
Natural gas has been proposed as a more climate-friendly replacement for coal and oil in near-term greenhouse gas mitigation strategies. In addition, its flexibility and efficiency as a fuel for dispatchable electric power means that natural gas will likely be useful for firming of grids with high renewable power fractions. Recent studies of leakage from natural gas systems have called into question these beneficial uses, as high leakage rates can result in significant near-term climate forcing from leaked methane. This presentation will describe the results of a comprehensive review of scientific studies of natural gas leakage at all scales, including direct measurements at devices and atmospheric measurements of ambient methane concentrations.
Dr. Adam Brandt is currently assistant professor, Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University. He is interested in research on greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels production, optimization of energy systems, and life-cycle assessment of energy systems. Dr. Brandt has a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from University of California, Berkeley. In addition to teaching, Dr. Brandt has worked nationally and internationally as a consultant and lecturer, and has authored numerous publications. Click here for more information.
The following schedule is tentative:
Dr. Adam Brandt, Department of Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University: METHANE EMISSIONS FROM NORTH AMERICAN NATURAL GAS SYSTEMS: THE STATE OF THE SCIENCE
Dr. Mykel Kochenderfer, Stanford: NEXT-GENERATION AIRCRAFT COLLISION AVOIDANCE
Dr. Mike Irwin, Director of the Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit: Survey data reduction
Dr. Katharine Mach, co-director of science for IPCC WGII. CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS, ADAPTATION, AND VULNERABILITY: THE NEW INTERNATIONAL ASSESSMENT
Dr. Fu-Kuo Chang, Stanford University: Structural Health Monitoring
Mr. Greg Edwards. Internet Design Decisions and Later Regrets
Mr. Ken Lum: The Evolution of the Reflector Telescope
Ms. Jennifer Gerlach, Valley Christian Schools: Developing a scientific mindset through research in the high school
Mr. Greg Edwards. Privacy and big data
NO COLLOQUIUM, Thanksgiving
Dr. Gary Bush, LM/STAR Labs: The Latest on High Speed Rail (Again!!)
NO COLLOQUIUM, Christmas
NO COLLOQUIUM, New Year's
Dr. Marco Pavone, Stanford University, Director of the Autonomous Systems Laboratory: Unconventional Robotics
If you have any comments or suggestions for speakers, please call Dr. Gary Bush at (650) 424-2267 or Dr. Stuart McHugh at (650) 424-2561.
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