The Tongji University-Stony Brook University EcoPartnership will cohost the Sino-U.S. Energy and Environment Forum: Monetizing Fugitive Gases through Harvesting and Utilization from October 12-14, 2017 in Changsha, Hunan. The forum is a follow-up event of the U.S.-China workshop on Control, Harvest and Utilization of Fugitive Gases organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in September 2014 in Beijing, where a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed to establish a center, which could jointly promote various forms of scientific cooperation and technological transfer regarding the fugitive gas control and reutilization.
The objective of the forum is to bring together academia, industry, and foundations from both the United States and China, which together are responsible for 42% of the total global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and to begin to advance the goals of the MOU. The forum’s thematic focus is establishing the business case for monetizing fugitive gases through research and development (R&D) of technologies that would minimize fugitive emissions and utilize captured gases for production of renewable fuels. As such, the forum will cover five themes on fugitive gases: (1) fugitive gases as feedstocks, (2) management and capture, (3) monetization pathways to renewable fuels and chemicals, (4) intellectual property (IP) issues in technology transfer and/or sharing, and (5) hurdles in U.S.-China cooperation.
The expected outcomes of this forum include: (1) a white paper that identifies areas of further Sino-U.S. cooperation based on discussion at the forum, and (2) establishment of a post-forum committee that looks into the feasibility of a virtual joint Sino-U.S. Fugitive Gases Center and to identifying stakeholders as well as steps to establish it.
To learn more about the forum and to participate, please contact Dr. Devinder Mahajan, Professor and Graduate Program Director Chemical & Molecular Engineering, Stony Brook University at [email protected].
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