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Energy Seminar: Super-emitters in the Natural Gas Sector: Prevalence and Implications for Solving the Methane Leakage Problem

Adam R. Brandt, Assistant Professor, Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University
Talk Abstract:Recent experimental studies have shown that uncommon but disproportionately large pollution sources, also known as “super-emitters”, are responsible for a significant fraction of methane emissions from the natural gas sector. In this talk I will outline the results of two recent studies. The first study explores the prevalence of super-emitters across the natural gas supply chain by analyzing data from numerous previous studies. The second study develops a simulation tool that allows developers of leak detection technologies or policies to understand the costs and benefits of finding and fixing these leaks. These results show together that super-emitters are a very important driver of emissions from the gas sector, and that policies to solve the problem should take advantage of this fact to design low-cost, highly effective detection strategies.



Monday, March 28, 2016. 04:30 PM


NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center


Precourt Institute for Energy


Free and open to all