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The Global Energy Prize laureate Rodney Allam will make a report at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

On April 9, the 2012 Global Energy Prize laureate, Member of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee, Technical Director of Net Power LLC Rodney Allam will tell the students of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) about his unique development, which allows to generate inexpensive and clean energy from hydrocarbon fuels. The scientist's speech will be held within the Zero day of the VIII Global Energy Prize Summit.

Professor Rodney Allam is a distinguished British scientist and developer of the Allam Cycle. His technology allows processing hydrocarbon fuel into mechanical energy while simultaneously capturing carbon dioxide and water generated during the process. Earlier, the scientist has already been recognized for the ideas of CCS: he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 as member of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). He became the Global Energy Prize laureate in 2012 for development of new processes and equipment for production of gases and cryogenic liquids, as well as for the development and implementation of technology for production of electricity in power systems.

For many years, Rodney Allam was engaged in the problems of reducing CO2, NOx and SOx emissions at coal-fired power plants. He developed a technology to capture the outgoing carbon dioxide, which allows not to emit it into the atmosphere, but to liquefy and pump it underground to a depth of about 1 km through wells remaining after the development of oil fields. However, it turned out that this technology increases the cost of electricity by more than 60%, making the operation of power plants economically unprofitable.

Allam solved this problem by recycling the carbon dioxide formed during the combustion of fuel and including it in the thermodynamic cycle. The found solution was called the Allam Cycle. Today, the first demonstration plant is being built in the US, which will apply this innovation in the production of energy. It is noteworthy that the scientist will tell all the details about the development of technology, as well as the prospects for its mass introduction on the eve of the Global Energy Prize Summit, which is devoted to an important topic in 2019 – "Energy in the new technological cycle".
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is a member of the Association of Helmholtz Research Universities and, in addition to the tasks of the State University, carries out major research on a national scale. Carrying out three main tasks - research, higher education and innovation - about 9300 specialists cooperate in a wide range of disciplines in the field of natural and engineering sciences, economics, humanities and social sciences. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology holds a leading position in the best rankings.

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