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Atmospheric Carbon Removal at the Gigaton Scale

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 8:30am to 10:00am PDT

Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy director, Arun Majumdar, leads a conversation on Atmospheric Carbon Removal with Ajay Mehta, general manager of New Energies Research & Technology at Shell Oil Company; Chris Field,  director of Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment; and Stanford University Precourt Family Professor, Sally Benson. From three perspectives - energy demand, climate solutions, and industry - this session addresses the importance, opportunities, and challenges of atmospheric carbon removal at the gigaton scale.

Ajay Mehta is the General Manager for New Energies Research & Technology at Shell. He leads a global team of over a hundred scientists and engineers dedicated to developing technology solutions to meet the demand for more and cleaner energy.  Over the course of his 24 years career at Shell, he has assumed a broad range of technical and leadership roles in the company, including assignments in Upstream Production, Operations, CO2 Mitigation, Project Engineering and Technology Management.  He is a subject matter expert in natural gas hydrates and served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Ajay holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Karnataka, India, a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.