Date(s) - June 11, 2022
7:00 am - 9:00 am

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Is there a case for methane capture from hydropower reservoirs?

Speakers: Louise Parlons Bentata and Nestor Rueda-Vallejo 


Though the threat has been largely invisible, preventing methane leaks from reservoirs, rice paddies and wastewater could be one of the most powerful ways to slow global warming. In water, methane originates from the decomposition of organic matter and remains dissolved until it escapes into the atmosphere, accounting for 6% of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. With a focus on hydropower reservoirs, we will examine levels of awareness of the issue and assess alternative technologies to mitigate these emissions. By considering technical solutions in other industries, we evaluate whether novel solutions, including methane capture mechanisms, could be deployed at hydropower reservoirs. Whilst technology is a critical element in reducing methane emissions from water, accurate measurements, financial incentives, legislation, and regulation are also needed.

Néstor Rueda-Vallejo is Co-founder and CTO of Bluemethane. He specializes in structural integrity and process optimization using computational modeling and simulation tools. Néstor’s focus has been on the development of engineering projects under the most challenging environments and situations for hydropower, public utilities, process, and mining companies across Europe and Latin America. Néstor holds a BSc and an MSc in Mechanical Engineering.

Louise Parlons Bentata is Co-founder and CEO of Bluemethane. Louise has expertise in sustainability, innovation, and marketing. As a consultant prior to Bluemethane, Louise supported management teams in global and SME companies with marketing, strategy, branding, and lead generation, and has experience across all major regions. Louise holds an MBA from INSEAD, an MA in Geography from Cambridge University, and a postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business from Cambridge University.

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