Researcher

Dr Peter Neal

My Expertise

Economics of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) projects and networks, engineering design and economics, thermodynamics and carbon capture and storage.

Field of Research (FoR)

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Biography

Research interest

I investigate the cost of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power stations and natural gas processing plants.

In my work I use techno-economic techniques to assess the economics of different CO₂ transport and injection techniques, as well as matching CO₂ sources with CO₂ storage sites.

My research focuses on the effect of different injection strategies and transport options on the economics of CCS projects, as well...view more

Research interest

I investigate the cost of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power stations and natural gas processing plants.

In my work I use techno-economic techniques to assess the economics of different CO₂ transport and injection techniques, as well as matching CO₂ sources with CO₂ storage sites.

My research focuses on the effect of different injection strategies and transport options on the economics of CCS projects, as well as the classification systems and estimation methodologies for the capacity of CO₂ storage sites.

Interest in engineering

Why did you get into engineering?

For as long as I can remember, I always loved designing things (cars, golf courses, motor racing circuits, secret underground bases!). I also loved building things – particularly with LEGO – whatever the latest toy was (Transformers, etc.) rather than buy them, I’d make them out of LEGO. In Year 10 I even made a seismograph out of LEGO. I also really loved science. So when I was thinking about what to do after high school, engineering with its application of science and maths to solving real world problems was a natural fit.

What are your research goals?

The goal of my research is to enable large scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through the application of carbon capture and storage to stationary sources of carbon dioxide like power stations and natural gas processing. To do this I seek to (1) understand how and where we can increase the injectivity of storage reservoirs and thereby increase storage capacity, (2) develop a robust and readily applicable storage capacity classification system and associated methodologies, and (3) to understand the optimal methods for connecting sources and storage sites for carbon dioxide.

Advice for prospective engineers

Make connections with industry, get as much experience as you can, learn your stuff and enjoy your time at university.

Teaching

Professional Organisations and Consulting positions

Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers

Education

Postgraduate

Doctor of Philosophy (Chemical Engineering), The University of New South Wales, 2006

Undergraduate

Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering), The University of New South Wales, 1998


My Teaching

Current teaching

  • ENGG1000 Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation [P,L]
  • CEIC3005 Process Plant Design [C,L]
  • CEIC3007 Chemical Engineering Lab B [C,D]
  • CEIC4001 Process Design Project [M]
  • CEIC4951/2/3 Research Thesis A/B/C [C,S]
  • CEIC9951/2/3 Advanced Research Thesis A/B/C [C,S]
  • CEIC4005/9005 Thesis / Advanced Thesis [C]

Past Teaching

  • GSOE9011 Engineering Postgraduate Coursework Research Skills [C,L]
  • GSOE0024 Project 24 UOC [C]
  • GSOE9830 Economic Decision Analysis in Engineering [T]
  • PTRL2010 Business Practices in the Petroleum Industry [C,L]
  • PTRL4011 Integrated Oil and Gas Field Evaluation B (Thesis) [C,L]
  • PTRL4020/5010 Natural Gas Engineering [C,L]
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Location

Room 216, Level 2, Hilmer Building (E10) - enter via E8, Level 2
UNSW SYDNEY NSW 2052

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Contact

02 9385 4814