Supported by Total in association with Fondation Tuck
Supported by Total in association with Fondation Tuck
Afforestation, Reforestation & Ocean («coastal blue carbon»)
Direct Air Carbon Capture and Sequestration technologies
Bio-Energy coupled with Carbon Capture and Storage
Engineered carbon sequestration:
in soils or under chemical rock weathering
Our aim is to create a center of excellence on the theme of carbon management and negative CO2 emissions, with the following roles:
To contribute to the training of a new generation of international researchers and experts who will develop economically acceptable approaches and technologies in line with societal expectations, to maintain in the long term below 450 ppm the CO2 content of the atmosphere.
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To promote research results and provide educational tools widely available to raise public awareness and enrich public debate on the need to limit the CO2 content of the atmosphere to 450 ppm in the long term.
Ultimately, the Chair will integrate the work of 7 doctoral and 5 post-doctoral researchers and will also call on several scientific visitors.
The provisional program of the Chair's Research Activities includes a number of doctoral and post-doctoral students as well as a few internships at bac+5 level to support the work of doctoral and post-doctoral students.
It is initially planned to have 7 theses and 5 post-doctoral fellows over the 5 years with the following approach:
Post-doctoral fellowships of 12 to 18 months each, distributed as indicated in the table below. The idea is to rely on these confirmed researchers throughout the duration of the Chair with a major effort at the start and then upon completion of the first batch of theses in order to prepare the synthesis phase of the Chair.
Thesis work increases in strength from the second year with 2 to 3 subjects in parallel, this effort being renewed in the third year, thus enabling all doctoral students to present their dissertations throughout the duration of the Chair.
Internship work lasting between 4 and 6 months each to support the work of doctoral and post-doctoral students. Four internships are planned.
These research objectives in terms of the number of thesis and post-doctoral works remain flexible according to the priorities that will be established by the Chair governance.
As noted on our home page, the range of topics covered by the Chair is very broad: from natural carbon sinks to engineered solutions, including direct capture of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, the use of biomass energy, both of which coupled with CCS and approaches to sequestering carbon in soils or exploiting the weathering process in rocks. Beyond technical issues, scientific obstacles and economic challenges, the Chair's work also encompasses environmental and societal aspects in the broad sense (societal perception/acceptability, etc.). The challenge is to "open the door" to rational, pragmatic and socially accepted responses that can be implemented by 2050 hoping to achieve carbon neutrality at the earliest in the second half of the 21st century.
In order to accomplish these goals, it has been decided to devote the first year of the Chair to taking stock of the situation and carrying out an in-depth analysis of the issue of negative emissions. The objective of this first stage is to identify the major areas to be investigated thereafter and the major bottlenecks to be overcome.
Three topics have been selected as priorities: a PhD research topic and two post-doctoral research works:
Emma Jagu joined IFP School in October 2019 to start her PhD and Dr. Ancuta Isbasoiu joined IFPEN in January 2020 to work on the second topic. On July 2020 Dr. Andrei Carlos Briones Hidrovo will join IFPEN to work on the environmental assessment of negative emissions technologies.
On May 2020, the Second International Conference on Negative CO2 Emissions to be held at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden was cancelled due to the worldwide sanitary situation.
The second free edition of the MOOC "Energy Transition: Innovation towards a low carbon future", which took place from 27 January to 20 March 2020, attracted 11,643 participants from 129 countries:…
On May 5 2020, TOTAL announced the ambitious objective to reach Net Zero Emission in Europe by 2050.
The International Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Conference (iCCUS) was held in Riyadh on 25 and 26 February.
On February 2020: Dr. Florence Delprat-Jannaud and Prof. Jean-Pierre Deflandre joined the Carbon Sinks project of the French National Alliance for Energy Research Coordination (ANCRE).
With the support of the Total Foundation and in association with the Tuck Foundation, IFP School is launching the second edition of its MOOC "Energy Transition: innovation towards a low-carbon future…
Interview with Jean-Pierre Deflandre, IFP School professor and chair co-holder [IFP School Newsletter #42 - December 2019]
IFP Energies nouvelles and Total signed a strategic partnership, that includes an agreement to endow a chair at the IFP School, on carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and technologies to…
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