Program ID: Innovation Anthology #141
Program Date: 06/10/2008
Program Category: Climate Change, Energy, Environment
Carbon Storage Wins Emerald AwardThe winner of this year’s Emerald Award for Environmental Excellence in the Research and Innovation category is Dr. Bill Gunter.
It's the latest in a string of awards recognizing his groundbreaking research.
A distinguished scientist at the Alberta Research Council, Dr. Gunter pioneered the science for capturing carbon dioxide and storing it underground.
With global concern rising over carbon emissions and climate change, this new technology will have two environmental benefits.
First is that it will help reduce carbon emissions.
Second, since it's an expensive technology, Dr. Gunter believes carbon capture and storage will help make renewable energy sources more competitive. It will bridge the transition from fossil fuels to alternatives.
DR. BILL GUNTER: How fast can you actually ramp the capacity up in terms of producing these alternative fuels? That, of course, takes a span of 50 to 100 years because at the same time, energy demands are increasing. So there’s really no solution to stop using fossil fuels abruptly. It has to be a gradual thing.
Dr. Gunter expects carbon capture and storage will prove very useful in developing countries where the use of fossil fuel emissions is increasing.
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