Research Opportunities

Research opportunities in the area of engineering systems analysis for optimum CO2 reduction or sequestration would include developing basic information and methodologies to evaluate and compare the following:

  1. Risk of human tragedy;

  2. Potential for a major, abrupt reversal;

  3. Magnitude of interaction with the environment;

  4. Degree of the environmental unknowns;

  5. Energy required per unit (per unit=per unit of CO2 emission reduced);

  6. CO2 disposed/CO2 processed;

  7. Materials to be disposed of per unit;

  8. Materials inputs required (e.g., nutrients) per unit;

  9. Capital cost per unit;

  10. Potential for continuous low-level leakage;

  11. Physical footprint per unit;

  12. Potential for remediation if/when a problem arises;

  13. Operating cost per unit;

  14. Potential for technology improvement;

  15. Time required to commercialize; and

  16. Total size of the opportunity.

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