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CEPM to present “The Future of Carbon Capture” webinar

Created: February 15, 2024  |  Last Updated: March 5, 2024  |  Category:   |  Tagged: ,

UPDATE (Tuesday, March 5): Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event is postponed to Wednesday, April 10, 2024, at 11 a.m. 

All registered participants received an email notifying them of the postponement and have been automatically registered for the new date.

If you still need to register or are interested in participating on April 10, visit wandj.co/CEPMwebinarApril10.

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WASHINGTON, PA (February 15, 2024) – Washington & Jefferson College’s (W&J) Center for Energy Policy and Management will host a free webinar Thursday, March 7, on the basics of carbon capture and direct air capture as part of its Energy Lecture Series.

Headshot of Dr. Dave Luebke The free, hour-long webinar, “The Future of Carbon Capture,” will be held at 11 a.m. March 7 and led by Dr. Dave Luebke, technical director of the Direct Air Capture Center at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Pittsburgh.

The event is free and open to the public. To register, visit wandj.co/CEPMwebinarMarch2024.

Dr. Leubke will explain the basics of carbon capture and storage (CCS) and how both point-source CCS and direct air capture (DAC) can help the U.S. reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) atmospheric levels. 

He will also discuss the NETL’s Direct Air Capture Center on its Pittsburgh campus, a recent initiative by the federal government to support the development of carbon capture. The Center was established in 2023 to jumpstart DAC technologies and accelerate the commercialization of DAC technologies beyond the conceptual stage.

CO2 is the primary greenhouse gas emitted through human activities by burning fossil fuels and contributes to global warming by trapping heat in the atmosphere. Technologies are being developed that can capture CO2 from industrial emissions at their source, from transportation and from other activities directly from the atmosphere. 

The captured CO2 is then stored deep underground in geologic formations or used to make other products. The technology, while promising, needs rapid technological advancement and cost reduction.

Dr. Luebke holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He spent 12 years as a carbon capture researcher at the NETL before leaving in 2014 for entrepreneurial ventures. Since then, he has founded two successful companies. 

He is the author of more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and an inventor on 11 patents. 

Last year, he began serving as technical director of NETL’s Direct Air Capture Center.

For more information, contact Linda Ritzer at lritzer@washjeff.edu

The webinar is approved for Continuing Legal Education in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. For more information, contact the Washington County Bar Association at wcba@washcobar.org.

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