December 21, 2009 - Edmonton, AB

One of Alberta's leading experts in greenhouse gas reduction technologies has been recognized as an Alberta Research Council (ARC) "Distinguished Scientist", the highest level that can be attained. On Monday, December 21, it was announced that internationally-renowned carbon dioxide (CO2) storage expert Stefan Bachu is only the fifth researcher in ARC's 88-year history to achieve a Distinguished Scientist designation.

Bachu’s status was elevated to a Distinguished Scientist at ARC in recognition of his exceptional talents, achievement and on-going efforts. Bachu boasts decades of expertise in carbon capture and storage, a track record of successful Alberta projects, and outstanding national and international collaboration which has elevated Alberta’s global influence. Bachu was one of the earliest scientific leaders in the area of CO2 storage and has been a driving force in moving CCS technology from concept to reality. Working with other provincial, national and international organizations, he has helped position CO2 storage as a key mechanism for delivering substantial global greenhouse gas emission reductions. For example, Bachu, as a Lead Author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on CO2 Capture and Storage, co-shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize which was awarded to the IPCC.

Bachu is a global leader in the area of CO2 storage – one of the most important technologies for helping society respond to the risks of climate change. He continues to be highly sought-after as a collaborator in leading studies being undertaken by industry, governments and research organizations from around the world. Bachu has built strong and influential teams within Alberta, and is viewed by some as one of only a handful of international experts on geological carbon storage.

“I consider Stefan one of the three experts in the world on geological carbon storage,” writes Howard Herzog, Senior Research Engineer at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Energy Initiative. “If I need to get a straight answer about a complicated and or important issue relating to [geological storage], Stefan is one of three people in the world I call.”
Bachu’s research and development record is further proven by a running total of 167 publications and 250 presentations at conferences and symposia. He has been a key figure in developing CCS site characterization methodology for use by governments, industry and organizations from around the world.

Employees awarded the Distinguished Scientist/Engineer designation have an extensive record of excellence and innovation. These individuals exercise significant influence over ARC's technical direction and help to shape the future direction of the organization. They must be nominated for the award, with extensive supporting documentation, achievement, awards and recommendations.

In 1998 Dr. Alex Babchin, Dr. Bill Gunter and Dr. Peter Toma were awarded the Distinguished Scientist/Engineer designation, and in 2006 Mr. Terry Macyk was awarded the designation. These four highly-skilled individuals received this honour for their highly relevant and innovative scientific and technical accomplishments over many years.

About ARC:
The Alberta Research Council develops and helps partners deploy leading edge technology in the province, across the country and around the world. The returns on the Alberta Research Council’s projects contribute to building a prosperous province, securing a sustainable future and maintaining a high quality of life for Albertans.


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