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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.

 

Future Colloquia

The following schedule is tentative:

Septemper 25
Dr. Adam Brandt, Department of Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University:  METHANE EMISSIONS FROM NORTH AMERICAN NATURAL GAS SYSTEMS: THE STATE OF THE SCIENCE

October 2
Dr. Mykel Kochenderfer, Stanford: NEXT-GENERATION AIRCRAFT COLLISION AVOIDANCE

October 9
Dr. Mike Irwin, Director of the Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit:  Survey data reduction

October 16
Dr. Katharine Mach, co-director of science for IPCC WGII. CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS, ADAPTATION, AND VULNERABILITY: THE NEW INTERNATIONAL ASSESSMENT

October 23
Dr. Fu-Kuo Chang, Stanford University:  Structural Health Monitoring

October 30
Mr. Greg Edwards. Internet Design Decisions and Later Regrets

November 6
Mr. Ken Lum:  The Evolution of the Reflector Telescope

November 13
Ms. Jennifer Gerlach, Valley Christian Schools: Developing a scientific mindset through research in the high school

November 20
Mr. Greg Edwards. Privacy and big data

November 27
NO COLLOQUIUM, Thanksgiving

December 4
Dr. Gary Bush, LM/STAR Labs:  The Latest on High Speed Rail (Again!!)

December 11
NO COLLOQUIUM

December 18
NO COLLOQUIUM

December 25
NO COLLOQUIUM, Christmas

2015

January 1
NO COLLOQUIUM, New Year's

January 8
TBD

January 15
TBD

January 22
Dr. Marco Pavone, Stanford University, Director of the Autonomous Systems Laboratory:  Unconventional Robotics


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Dr. Gary Bush
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