Eighth Year Report 2009 Overview
The Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI) at Princeton University is a university-industry partnership sponsored by BP and Ford Motor Company. The goal of the project is to find solutions to the carbon and climate problem that are safe, effective and affordable. Now entering our 9th year, our researchers are speeding progress in the areas of carbon science, carbon capture, carbon storage, and carbon policy.
The Capture Group assesses technologies for capturing CO2 emissions from fossil fuels used in electricity, hydrogen, and synfuels production. Other research areas include studies of alternative fuel combustion, renewable energy, and energy storage.
The Storage Group studies potential risks of injecting CO2 underground for permanent storage. Models of subsurface carbon dioxide behavior and laboratory studies of well cement degradation are helping the group evaluate that risk.
The Science Group collects data from the oceans, the atmosphere, ice cores, and the land biosphere to study how natural sources and sinks of carbon have varied in recent and ancient times, and how they will respond to future climatic change.
Policy & Integration Group
The Policy & Integration Group synthesizes research discoveries and explores the policy implications of carbon mitigation strategies. It also works to communicate issues of carbon and climate to industry, government, NGO's and the general public.
Led by CMI Co-Directors Stephen Pacala and Robert Socolow, the group has grown to include over 60 researchers. Together we are building a comprehensive view of the challenges of carbon mitigation - and how they can be overcome.