“Addressing Climate Change: The Global Energy Transition”
- with Professor Lynn Orr, Stanford University, former US Under Secretary for Science and Energy

Energy is the lifeblood of modern societies. Energy services are woven throughout the fabric of modern life, rural or urban, in the developed world. A successful global future energy system will provide energy security, economic security, and health and environmental security: energy that is clean, available, affordable and reliable. Addressing the challenge of climate change offers an opportunity to make progress on all those broad goals with energy technologies that are clean, deployable at large scale, and fully cost competitive.

Technology improvements have started a transition away from an energy system that is dominated by fossil fuels. There is no shortage of energy available to support human endeavors. Instead, the challenge is to provide clean conversions of that energy to the services required: electricity, transportation, lighting, heating, and cooling, and manufacturing. Deep reductions in the cost of technologies like solar photovoltaics and wind power generation, increasing energy efficiency, and efforts to modernize the transmission and distribution of electric power, including deployment of energy storage, are reshaping the energy landscape for the United States and the world. Recent progress has been impressive, but there is much more to be done.

This presentation examines options for meeting those challenges, outlines the need for additional energy innovation, and explores research and development pathways that offer important opportunities for continued progress toward those goals. The range of opportunities available to create a clean energy transformation has never been bigger, if we apply in a sustained way what we know how to do now and fill the innovation pipeline for the future.

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“Addressing Climate Change: The Global Energy Transition”, - with Professor Lynn Orr, Stanford University, former US Under Secretary for Science and Energy

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Franklin M. (“Lynn”) Orr served as Under Secretary for Science and Energy at the US Department of Energy from December 2014 to January 2017 under President Barack Obama and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

He has been a member of the Stanford faculty since 1985 and holds the Keleen and Carlton Beal Chair in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering (ERE).

Lynn was the Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University from 1994 to 2002 before serving as Director of the Global Climate and Energy Project from 2002 to 2008. A Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, he was also a Director of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford from its establishment in 2009 to 2013.

Professor Orr’s research activities focus on how complex fluid mixtures flow in the porous rocks in the Earth’s crust, the design of gas injection processes for enhanced oil recovery, and CO2 storage in subsurface formations.

Lynn is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He served as Vice Chair of the board of directors of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute until 2014 and rejoined that board in 2017.

He also chaired the Advisory Panel of the Science and Engineering Fellowships for the Packard Foundation until 2014, rejoining that panel in 2017, and was a foundation board member from 1999-2008. He is a member of the ClimateWorks Foundation Board of Directors.

About the Department of Energy Resources Engineering (ERE)

The ERE Department is renowned for theoretical, experimental, and computational research on multiphase flow and transport processes in porous media. Activities span reservoir characterization and engineering applications, including resource management of conventional, unconventional, and geothermal reservoirs. Long-term storage of carbon dioxide in subsurface formations is also an important area of interest.

More recently, the ERE faculty and students have been addressing the modelling and optimisation of complex energy systems in the presence of uncertainty. Energy storage technologies, including battery design and control, are emerging areas of research. Analysis of the evolving energy system – globally, nationally and regionally – is also part of ERE’s mission applying formal life-cycle analysis techniques to understand the full impacts of existing and proposed energy technologies.


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4.50PM – Delegates join the webinar and wait for the host to activate the session.

5PM – Update from SEF Exec Sec.

5.05PM – Introduction of our speaker by Chair Nicola Gordon.

5.10PM – Lynn Orr presentation.

5.45PM – Q&A through Zoom ‘Group Chat’ functionality. Managed by SEF Chair Nicola Gordon.

6.25PM – Vote of Thanks.

6.30PM – Webinar finishes

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