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Bigger Picture Talks at CEB with Professor Lynn Loo - Getting to net-zero: decarbonising at the exajoule and joule levels

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  • UserProfessor Lynn Loo, Princeton University and Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation
  • ClockWednesday 09 February 2022, 11:00-12:00
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International shipping is responsible for 90% of worldwide trade. Contributing approximately 3% of global carbon emissions, the emissions of international shipping is higher than that of Germany, the sixth highest emitting nation in the world. While the International Maritime Organisation has articulated a decarbonisation target for the sector to reduce more than 50% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 70% CO2 by 2050 compared to 2008 levels, the pathway to achieving this ambition is not clear given that low- and zero-carbon fuel alternatives are unlikely to be available at cost and/or scale in the next decade.

In 2021, the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD) [1] was established with a singular mission to help the industry eliminate its GHG emissions through shaping standards, financing projects, deploying solutions and fostering collaboration across sectors. Strategically based in Singapore, the world’s largest maritime bunkering hub, GCMD is supported by both the private and public sectors. In this talk, I will highlight the strategic directions and partnerships of GCMD and provide specific examples of studies and pilots with which we hope to help the industry accelerate its decarbonisation agenda.

In the second half of my presentation, I will provide an update on the progress of my research team at Princeton in developing ultra-violet absorbing solar cells for electrifying glass surfaces and wirelessly powering electrochromic smart windows. Since our first demonstration of these devices [2], we have made significant advances in materials design and development; our best solar cells to-date boast average-photopic-response-weighted transmittances above 80% with near-perfect colour rendering indices above 95%, both of which are records for solar cells that prioritise light transmission and aesthetics. 
N.C. Davy, M. Sezen-Edmonds, J. Gao, X. Lin, A. Liu, N. Yao, A. Kahn, Y.-L. Loo, “Near-UV Organic Solar Cells Paired with Electrochromic Windows for Smart Management of the Solar Spectrum” Nature Energy 2, 17104 (2017).

Prof. Lynn Loo is the chief executive officer of the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD), a non-profit organization based in Singapore. Established by six founding partners from the maritime industry and supported by the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore, GCMD ’s mission is to help the sector accelerate its decarbonisation efforts through shaping standards, deploying solutions, financing projects and fostering collaboration across sectors. Lynn is also the Theodora D. ’78 and William H. Walton III ’74 Professor in Engineering, and Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Princeton University. Before GCMD , she was Director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, where she commissioned the Rapid Switch Initiative and the Net-Zero America Study that has provided unprecedented temporal and geographic granularity on transition pathways.

Our departmental seminar series, Bigger Picture Talks, runs throughout the academic year, inviting thought-leaders from across the world driving significant advances in our impact areas of energy, health and sustainability to share and discuss their work with us. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to hear from other leading researchers, develop new connections and collaborations, and discuss some of the wider questions in our field. We hope they will inspire new ideas for us all to take into our own research.

This talk is part of the Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology Departmental Seminars series.

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