The Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Edward S. Rubin visits our project CO2Formare
Yesterday we had the pleasure of showing Professor Edward S. Rubin, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 along with Al Gore, and valued as one of the most prestigious world experts in the fight against climate change, our CO2Formare project project that we have developed in the Combined Cycle Power Plant of Castellón.
Edward S. Rubin is Professor of Engineering and Public Policy and alumni chair professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (United States), where he founded the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, and the Environmental Institute, and is also a member of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Climate Change). Research on energy and the environment, with a specific focus on mitigating climate change, technological innovation and interactions between policies and technology. He received, among others, the Lyman A. Ripperton Environmental Educator Award and the Distinguished Professor of Engineering Award.
During the visit, the delegate of Iberdrola in the C.V. : Joaquín Longares; the director of the Castellón plant: Pablo Pirles, professors José Luis Rubio, Rey Jaime I Environmental Prize in 1996, and Javier Quesada, executive president of the Rey Jaime I Awards Foundation, as well as those responsible for the project, headed by the director of the Begoña Remartínez project, representatives of the Universitat Jaume I of Castellón who have collaborated in the development of the same, among whom was Antonio Barba Juan, and the manager of the Energy Cluster of the CV Enrique Bayonne.
After the presentation of the project, a visit to the facilities has been made. The European CO2FORMARE R & D project, developed at the combined cycle plant in Castellón and endowed with more than 4 million euros of budget, aims to demonstrate that the use of CO2 from thermal power plants can be an efficient substitute for products chlorinated chemicals currently used to control macrofouling. Biofouling is the fouling process that leads to the deterioration or degradation of equipment, components or systems, caused by the uncontrolled growth of living organisms on its surface. When this phenomenon is produced by organisms of large size such as mussels, clams, sabotid polychaetes, barnacles, etc., it is called macrofouling.
Iberdrola has led this project, in which other Spanish partners participate: the Iberdrola engineering branch, the Energy Cluster of the Valencian Community, Idesa Fabrication, the Water Technology Center (CETaqua), Nalco Española and the Treatment Company of Water OX-CTA.
The CO2FORMARE project has been developed in the Castellón combined cycle power plant, where it has been possible to verify the effect of CO2 as an inhibitor of macrofouling and, likewise, it is being studied to be able to apply the results obtained in the rest of the generation thermal park in Europe. .
Noteworthy is the support of Valencian institutions for the project led by the Iberdrola group. In this line, both the Castellón City Council and the Valencian Government and the Jaume I University have actively participated in the monitoring committee of this environmental initiative.
Here we leave some photos of the visit.