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ERE Seminar: Kozo Sato (University of Tokyo) "Lowering Barriers to CCS and Beyond"

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April 18, 2016 -
12:15pm to 1:00pm
Room 104, Green Earth Sciences Building, 367 Panama Street, Stanford
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Energy Resources Engineering

Kozo Sato (University of Tokyo) 

"Lowering Barriers to CCS and Beyond"

In straightening the issues of CCS in the context of climate change mitigation, status quo bias appears to be the material reason for its slow deployment. For realists, the alleged barriers are more perceived than real. In a real world, however, the barriers are there and need to be lowered. Some practical attempts; a cost effective technique for monitoring CO2 migration using Earth tides and a population-based global optimization of well placement for safe CO2 storage, are discussed. Also introduced is an innovative research for establishing a subterranean carbon plantation where stored CO2 is converted to CH4.

Kozo Sato is a professor and director at Frontier Research Center for Energy and Resources, the U. of Tokyo, and currently appointed as Cox Visiting Professor at Stanford U. His areas of expertise include mathematical modeling of fluid flow through heterogeneous media, reservoir characterization by tracer and pressure-transient analyses, optimization of production schemes by the Monte Carlo approach and thermodynamics of underground fluid systems, with application interests in petroleum development and CCS. Sato holds a BS degree from the U. of Tokyo and MS and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford U., all in petroleum engineering.