CO2 Utilization Roundtable was held successfully

On June 14, 2018, CO2 Utilization Roundtable was held in in Hangzhou. The symposium was co-organized by Columbia University and Zhejiang University, and the main topic was about the development of CO2 Utilization. More than 30 famous experts from all over the world participated in the roundtable.
The symposium began with the issue of ”°Recent advances and outlook of CO2 capture and conversion technologies in China”±. And four topics including ”°Direct Air Capture and CO2 Capture”±, ”°Mineralization”±, ”°CO2 to Chemicals and Fuels”±, ”°Policy, Regulations and Product Certifications”± were deeply explored.


In Topic 1, Professor Tao Wang presented a report entitled ”°Recent Advances and Outlook of CO2 Capture Technologies in China”±, and Professor Berend Smit of EPFL led the discussion. Professor Wang discussed the development of various kinds of carbon capture technologies in China and put forward the future prospect of China's carbon capture technology. The participants had a heated discussion, several ideas were put forward, especially for the direct air capture and CO2 capture. Alexander of Royal Dutch Shell proposed CCS and CCUS technology should be assessed roundly. Professor Alissa Park of Columbia University think simultaneous control of CO2 and SO2 is a promising technology. Professor Zhongyang Luo come up with the viewpoint that the capture is more difficult than utilization.


In topic 2, Sichuan University Dr Siyang Tang gave a report entitled ”°Development of CO2 mineralization in China”±, and Prof. Greg Dipple hosted the discussion. Dr Siyang Tang detailed the development of carbon dioxide mineralization in China and the great demand of the Chinese government for energy conservation and emission reduction were discussed. Based on analysis and discussion of the development of CCUS technology in Chinese industry, Prof Mengxiang Fang thinks that CCUS technology has a broad application prospect in China in the future.


In topic 3, Prof Xinbin Ma of Tianjin University reported ”°Chemical Utilization of Carbon Dioxide”±, and the discussion was led by Prof Chunshan Song of Pennsylvania state university. Prof Ma carried out the discussion from the angle of clean and efficient utilization of coal, and introduced the the development of CCUS technology in China. Finally, the chemical synthesis method of CO2 utilization was mainly discussed. Prof Rui Xiao from Southeast University made an in-depth analysis of hydrogen source and how to match renewable energy with CO2 source. Zhang xiangping, a researcher at the Chinese academy of sciences, and Anne Hauch, a professor at the Danish university of technology, respectively analyzed the future of electrochemical technology in carbon dioxide synthesis and transformation development.


In topic 4, Prof Zheng Li of Tsinghua University reported on the policy of climate change and CCS, and Dr Colin McCormick of Valence Strategic, chaired the discussion on the subject. Prof Li began the issue with the energy structure of China, pointed out that coal is still the main energy source of China and the development of CCS technology depends on strong policy support. Dr. Xiangshan Ma of the global CCS research institute conducted an in-depth analysis and discussion on the different international and domestic characteristics of CCUS technology-related policies.

At the last of symposium, Columbia University Prof David Sandalow presided over the open discussion, the participants carried out the summary discussion on difficulties of CCUS and constructive suggestions on its development.
Columbia University has already hosted two successful CO2 utilization roundtable discussions in 2016 and 2017 and the outcomes of those meetings have been published as technical roadmaps. This year, the CO2 utilization roundtable is co-hosted by Zhejiang University and Columbia University. The chairman are Prof David Sandalow, Prof Alissa Park, both from Columbia University, Prof Zhongyang Luo and Prof Tao Wang from Zhejiang University. The successful holding of the CO2 Utilization Roundtable has promoted the international CCUS counterparts to have a broader and deeper understanding of China's contribution to climate change and will certainly play a positive role in promoting CCUS development in China.