CO2 Summit III: Pathways to Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Deployment

An ECI Conference Series

May 22-26, 2017
Grand Hotel San Michele
Calabria, Italy

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About this Conference

The Paris Agreement signaled a global ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit warming to 2°C by 2100, and attempt to limit it to 1.5°C. Analysis by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, International Energy Agency, and other international and national institutions have repeatedly shown that carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) is an integral component of the lowest-cost approach to climate change mitigation.

The growth in renewables is building a foundation on which CCUS and other emissions reduction technologies must stand. CCUS technologies will need to be technically and economically viable in a world with fluctuating net power demand. In addition, focusing on smaller non-power applications, advanced cycles and modular technologies may offer the opportunity to jumpstart widespread CCUS deployment.

Ultimately, CCUS will be responsible for achieving negative emissions to meet international climate goals. In fact, the prospect for negative emissions may garner increased support from other industries that are unable to readily reduce their own emissions. Growing the number of industries that could realize benefits from CCUS can only assist in gaining the financial and regulatory incentives and public support necessary to make widespread deployment a reality.

This conference will be hosted in beautiful Calabria, Italy, with ample time for group discussions and ad hoc sessions. The many pathways to advancing CCUS deployment will be the focus of the ECI CO2 Summit III.

Session Topics

  • Advanced cycles
  • CO2 capture from power and industrial facilities (with a focus on load following and modular deployment)
  • System integration, i.e., connecting material and process properties
  • CO2 utilization
  • CO2 removal (CDR)
    • Biomass energy with CCUS
    • Direct air capture
    • Accelerated weathering
    • Land management
  • Hybrid systems, e.g., coupling CCUS with renewables

Confirmed Speakers

Roger Aines, LLNL, USA
Renato Baciocchi, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
Richard Baker, Membrane Technology Research (MTR), USA
André Bardow, Aachen University, Germany
Simone Bastianoni, University of Siena, Italy
Larry Baxter, Sustainable Energy Solutions, USA
Robert Braun, Colorado School of Mines, USA
Adele Brunetti, University of Calabria, Italy
Noah Deich, The Center for Carbon Removal, USA
Gregory Dipple, University of British Columbia, Canada
Enrico Drioli, University of Calabria, Italy
Paul Fennell, Imperial College, UK
Jonas Helseth, Bellona, Belgium
Howard Herzog, MIT, USA
Geoff Holmes, Carbon Engineering, Canada
Susan Hvorka, UT Austin, USA
Adolfo Iulianelli, University of Calabria, Italy
Etsushi Kato, Japan
Peter Kelemen, Columbia University, USA
Roxann Laird, National Carbon Capture Center, Southern Company, USA
Wilfried Maas, Shell, Netherlands
Niall Mac Dowell, Imperial College, UK
Arun Majumdar, Stanford University, USA
Valentina Priigiobbe, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA
Peter Psarras, Colorado School of Mines, USA
Andrea Ramirez, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
David Reiner, University of Cambridge, UK
Ed Rubin, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Massimo Tavoni, Politecnico Di Milano, Italy
Andrew Tong, Ohio State University, USA
Chang Wei or Anthony Ku, National Institute of Clean and Low-Carbon Energy, China

Conference Organization

Chair: Jen Wilcox, Colorado School of Mines
Chair: Holly Krutka, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association
Co-chair: Simona Liguori, Colorado School of Mines
Co-chair: Niall Mac Dowell, Imperial College
ECI Liaison: Norman Li, NL Chemicals

Organizing Committee
Robin Batterham, Melbourne University, Australia
Sally Benson, Stanford University, USA
Chen-Tung Arthur Chen, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan
Stefano Consonni, Politecnico de Milano, Italy
Enrico Drioli, University of Calabria, Italy and Hanyang University, Korea
Julio Friedmann, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA
Lidietta Giorno, Institute on Membrane Technology, National Research Council, Italy
Howard Herzog, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Niall Mac Dowell, Imperial College, UK
Andrea Ramirez, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Edward Rubin, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Mark Saeys, Ghent University, Belgium
Chang Wei, National Institute of Clean and Low-Carbon Energy, China
Robert Williams, Princeton University, USA

Abstract Submission

Deadline for Abstracts for oral presentations: January 15, 2017
Deadline for Abstracts for poster presentations: March 15, 2017

One-page abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines noted above.  The abstract should contain both the significance of the research as well as the results that will be discussed in order to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the organizers. Please indicate the session for which you are submitting your abstract and whether the abstract should be considered for an oral or poster presentation.  Only a limited number of oral slots are available.  Thus all submissions for oral presentations will be considered for both oral and poster presentation.

For session information, see Session Topics above.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically at THIS LINK.

The abstract template at the above link must be followed for an abstract to be considered for presentation.

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Conference Venue

Calabria:  Calabria is the tip of the beautiful Italian peninsula; it borders with Basilicata and stretches between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the lonian Sea in the direction of Sicily, from which it is divided by the Strait of Messina.

Cetraro and Grand Hotel San Michele

Cetraro Marina, a pleasant seaside resort is about two km from the Cetraro Commune of which it is a part.  The ancient Citrarium (name derived from the abundant citrus cultivation in the area) was a center of the Bruzi rising between Paola and Capo Bonifati.  Its coast location offers many interesting boat excursions.
The picturesque Grand Hotel San Michele ( is situated on the Tyrrhenian Coast, 120 meters above the Mediterranean Sea, with a fantastic view of Calabria’s southern coast.  It offers visitors one of the prettiest locations Southern Italy has to offer and is considered by many to be one of Calabria’s finest hotels.  Its beach (120 meters below the cliffs) is accessible only by a private special elevator.  The hotel has a swimming pool, driving range, tennis court, minigolf, piano bar and billiard room.

The hotel is surrounded by an organic farm that provides the hotel with fresh organic food.  Vegetables, fruits, olive oil, wine, milk, cheese, daily laid eggs, lamb, veal and pork meat, homemade jams and preserves are all produced on San Michele Hotel’s premises.

The acreage upon which the hotel is situated is also a bird sanctuary, where bird lovers from around Italy come to observe migratory patterns.

The maximum number of people that can be hosted in the hotel is about 80; however, there are other hotels in the area and the hotel can arrange pickups.


Air: The Lamezia Airport is 75 km from the hotel.  The hotel can arrange for pick-ups.  Among other airlines, Lamezia is served by Alitalia and Ryanair.

Train: The Paola Railway station is about 21 km from the hotel.  See RailEurope.

Auto: Use the Motorway Roma – Caserta Sud – Salarno – Lagonegro Nord – Fondo Valle Noce.  (293 km)

General Information about ECI

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962, that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the weeklong research conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe that the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording/photographing of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

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