Risk analysis for low carbon systems

Paul Boughton
The challenge of moving towards a low carbon future requires the development and the deployment of a portfolio of low carbon systems for the power generation sector.

The power generation sector, in fact, is a major source of GHGs emissions, especially in the UK where it accounts for a large proportion of the total CO2 release.

A key question is which options to pursue. The systems envisaged are larger and more complex than the current state-of-the-art technology and are quite different with each other.

The TERA (Technoeconomic Environmental Risk Analysis) methodology, used for the European aviation industry under the leadership of Cranfield University, will provide a valuable insight to investigate the most promising systems in terms of multidisciplinary criteria and to estimate their competitiveness, so as to facilitate their route to commercial operation with benefits for the UK energy industry and for the long term needs of the community.

TERA methods are being developed for power generation and the oil and gas industry in association with two major players in the energy field.

Cranfield University's mission is to 'transform knowledge into ingenious solutions in science, technology and management'.

As a wholly postgraduate institution, Cranfield University attracts individuals wishing to enrol on Masters', Doctorate and professional development programmes. From cabin evacuation research to finding life on Mars, from a frost blanket for racecourses to zero-emission cars, and from the next generation of anti-landmine devices to a new blood glucose monitor, Cranfield's focus is squarely on the application of its research.

The university's areas of expertise include aerospace, automotive, bioscience, defence, energy, environment, management, manufacturing and security - which makes the university 'uniquely placed for both students and corporate partners alike'.

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Cranfield University is based in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, UK. www.cranfield.ac.uk