Kjell-Børge Freiberg, Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Norway
Kjell-Børge Freiberg was appointed Minister of Petroleum and Energy on August 31, 2018. He is a representative of the Norwegian Progress Party.
Freiberg served as Deputy Minister of Petroleum and Energy from October 2015 until June 2017. In 2017, he was elected Member of Parliament from the County of Nordland.
He was previously the Mayor of Hadsel municipality, a position he had held since 2007. He had different roles in the Progress Party from 1999, among them County Chair for Nordland county and Party Secretary with responsibility for Nordland, Troms and Finnmark counties. Before becoming a full-time politician, Freiberg worked for different companies in the Norwegian fishing and aquaculture industry.
Tim Dixon, General Manager, IEAGHG
Tim Dixon is the General Manager of IEAGHG. IEAGHG is an international R,D&D programme focussed on carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS). Activities include technical studies, expert networks, GHGT Conferences, summer schools, and inputting evidence-base to international regulatory and policy developments. IEAGHG is funded by 34 member countries and organisations.
Tim is also a Director on the Board for The International CCS Knowledge Centre, Canada, an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas Austin, an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, and a founding Board Member of the UK CCS Research Centre.
Previously he worked for the UK Government, for AEA Technology, and for the Global CCS Institute. He was the EU lead negotiator for CCS in the CDM at UNFCCC COP-17, and a UK negotiator for CCS in the London Convention, in OSPAR, the EU CCS Directive, and the EU ETS.
Stephen Bull, Senior Vice President, Equinor ASA
Stephen Bull is the Senior Vice President for Wind & Low Carbon Development in Equinor's New Energy Solutions business area. His responsibilities include project development for Equinor's global wind portfolio; business and project development for Equinor's low carbon business line including carbon capture and storage and hydrogen. He also has special responsibility for Equinor's floating offshore wind business, Hywind, and Equinors's energy storage concept, Batwind.
Bull started his career in JP Morgan, London as an equities analyst before joining Norsk Hydro and Equinor. With 20 years in the international energy industry, Bull has a broad background from oil trading, market analysis, risk management, business development and US shale oil and gas operations in Texas, Pennsylvania and North Dakota. Bull is the Vice Chair of Renewable UK – the largest renewable industry association in the UK and regularly tweets about energy on @sbul_stephen. He studied economics and politics at the University of Portsmouth and London School of Economics, UK.
Katherine Romanak, Research Scientist, The University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology
Dr. Romanak is an expert in environmental monitoring at geologic CO2 storage sites and has developed and implemented environmental monitoring programs at several U.S. Department of Energy Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership sites.
She was the Principal Investigator of the IPAC-CO2 response to alleged leakage at the Kerr Farm near the IEAGHG Weyburn CO2 Monitoring and Storage project and has developed an innovative process-based method for leakage assessments at CCS sites.
Dr. Romanak has collaborated on several international projects including the Quest Project in Canada, the CTSCo Glenhaven project in Australia, and the Tomokomai Project in Japan. Dr. Romanak is a member of the International Steering Committees for the IEAGHG Monitoring and the Environmental Science Networks and serves on the Advisory boards of the EU STEMM CCS project, the Norwegian CCS Centre and the EU Subsurface Evaluation of CCS and Unconventional Risks Project. She regularly informs global policy within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Trude Sundset, CEO, Gassnova
Trude Sundset is a leading global authority on carbon capture and storage (CCS). She is CEO at Gassnova, the Norwegian state enterprise for CCS technology development.
Sundset has broad experience in international organizations as a board member of IEA GHG, CSLF, IPIECA, ZEP and The Hawthorn Club. She has held senior leadership positions in areas of energy, environment and climate issues across the oil and gas industry.
She started her career as a researcher at SINTEF, before moving on to Statoil ASA (now called Equinor). During 19 years at Statoil Sundset held top positions as Chief Researcher, Head of International Environment and Climate and Vice President Environment and Climate.
Sundset holds a Master of Technology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.
Her broad-based industrial experience and extensive career has given her a unique insight into industrial development and technological solutions to mitigate climate change.
Andrea Gruber, Senior Research Scientist, SINTEF Energy Research
Andrea Gruber holds a doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering from NTNU (2006), he is Senior Research Scientist at SINTEF Energy Research and Adjunct Professor at NTNU.
His research interests are in the development and application of massively parallel direct numerical simulations (DNS), a high-fidelity numerical approach to accurately predict turbulent reactive flows. Over a period of nearly two decades and in a close and fruitful collaboration with combustion researchers from Sandia Lab (Livermore, CA), Dr. Gruber has initiated the deployment of DNS on some of the research challenges related to combustion of highly-reactive and non-standard fuels in gas turbines (hydrogen in particular).
Pursuing industrial relevance within the framework of numerous national and international research initiatives (BIGH2, NCCS, DiHI-Tech, ENCAP, DECARBit) and in close partnership with the gas turbine industry (ALSTOM, Ansaldo Energia, Siemens), he has contributed to the fundamental understanding of key turbulence-chemistry interaction processes that play a major role in the achievement of clean and efficient power generation: design and optimization of fuel injection systems, flashback prediction and control, static and dynamic flame stabilization in conventional and staged combustors.
Oscar Graff, Vice President and Head of CCUS, Aker Solutions
Oscar Graff is responsible for CCUS technology and business development within Aker Solutions. He has been engaged in carbon capture for twenty years. He was responsible for an extensive capture R&D program "SOLVit" with SINTEF and NTNU, focusing on capture efficiency and environment. Aker Solutions has designed and delivered the amine plant at TCM and offers modular capture plants. Today, Aker Solutions is engaged from capture and liquefaction to transport, injection, storage and EOR.
Graff holds a Master of Chemical Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.
Graff has been engaged in many technology committees and boards. He has been active in EU Zero Emission Platform (ZEP), in an advisory group for DECC in UK, in TEKNA CO2 conference and is today a board member of Norwegian CCS Research Centre (NCCS) and in the advisory group for European Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Laboratory Infrastructure (ECCSEL).
Niall Mac Dowell, Reader in Energy Systems, Imperial College London
Niall is a Reader in Energy Systems at Imperial College London. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the IChemE.
He has been working on CCUS since 2006, and has published over 100 papers at the molecular, unit, integrated process and network scales in this context. He provided written evidence to members of the Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change and has given advice to DECC/BEIS, the IEA, the ETI and the JRC, and has travelled on behalf of the Foreign Office to North America, the Middle East, and Far East to promote low carbon power generation.
He was awarded the Qatar Petroleum Prize for his work on Clean Fossil Fuels and the IChemE's Nicklin medal for his work on low carbon energy.
Liv Monica Stubholt, Partner Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS, Chairman of Board Oslo Fortum Varme
Liv Monica Stubholt has been engaged in CCS related matters as advisor and lawyer for many years. In addition, she has strong industry experience both as former Chair and CEO of Aker Clean Carbon (delivering technology to TCM) and now Chair of Fortum Oslo Varme; spear-heading their waste to energy CCS project.
Furthermore, she lead the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy's CCS efforts as state secretary 2007-2009.
Mona J. Mølnvik, Research Director, NCCS Centre Director, SINTEF Energy Research
Dr. Mølnvik is Research Director for Gas Technology in SINTEF Energy Research, and Director of the Norwegian CCS Research Centre, NCCS, a centre of excellence funded by the Research Council of Norway and industry under the FME scheme. Mølnvik has worked with SINTEF since 1997, and holds a doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering from NTNU (1998).
She has contributed to the evolvement of EERA CCS, further she has had various roles in the development of CCS-related EU-projects for two decades. She led the Centre of excellence, FME BIGCCS - International CCS Research Centre (2009-2016) to become one of the largest CCS R&D efforts worldwide. The potential impact of BIGCCS is documented in the Effect study (December 2018) carried out by the Research Council of Norway to be several hundred million NOK.
James Dawson, Professor, NTNU
James Dawson is Professor in Fluid Mechanics and Deputy Head for Research at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering at NTNU. He obtained his PhD in combustion dynamics from Cardiff University and moved to the University of Cambridge to take up a post-doctoral research position in gas turbine combustion. He was then awarded a 5-year EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship in turbulent mixing.
He joined the Department of Energy and Process Engineering at NTNU in 2013 and currently conducts research in fluid mechanics and turbulent combustion, currently with a strong emphasis on hydrogen combustion for gas turbines.