First UK professor in Carbon Capture and Storage appointed

by Search Gate staff. Published Mon 07 Dec 2009 10:33
Durham University appoints first UK professor in carbon capture

Durham University has created the UK's first professorship in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) by appointing Jon Gluyas a Professor in Geoenergy and CCS.

Prof Gluyas will take up his new role within the Department of Earth Sciences after previously holding the position of Head of New Business / Head of Geoscience at Fairfield Energy.

He will be tasked researching aspects of geoenergy (petroleum, geothermal, clean coal) and carbon capture and storage within the newly created Durham Energy Institute (DEI). The aim of the new Durham Energy Institute is to find ways to create affordable, reliable, clean energy for heat, power and transport.

Jon Gluyas said, “I am delighted to be joining Durham University and in particular the new Energy Institute. I believe my skills developed from a career as a scientist in the petroleum industry will enable me to assist in the development and leadership of DEI as well as improving our links to industry”.

He will work as part of the Durham Energy Institute which aims to tackle technological and social problems associated with energy use in an effort to combat climate change.

The new post is supported by sponsors DONG Energy (UK) Ltd and Ikon Science Ltd. DONG Energy will lend its experience in producing and distributing energy while Ikon Science will develop and commercialise new technologies for monitoring and modelling the injection and storage of CO2 into the earth.

Jon is also taking on the prestigious role of ‘Chair of the British Geological Survey Board’ (supported by the Natural Environment Research Council). Jon will take over this role from Derek Davis, now retired from the UK Department of Trade and Industry.

Jon is a geologist with a specialisation in sedimentology and geochemistry applied to oil and gas exploration and production. He worked with BP in number of roles in the 1980’s and 90’s, before developing techniques in the rehabilitation of old and aging oilfields, thereafter joining several junior companies in a senior role and finally creating Fairfield Energy in 2005.

John Ludden, the Executive director of BGS, said: “Jon will bring vision and strategy to the Board at this key time where a balanced portfolio of energy related science and environmental science is required for BGS.”

Jon Gluyas said: “The BGS is one of the oldest and most eminent professional geological survey organisations in the world. Throughout its 175 years it has made valuable contributions to science, society and industry.

“I look forward to helping the BGS deliver excellence so we can better understand our world, its environments and climate to secure a better future.”



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