World Corrosion Organization



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April 2021

26 April 2021

NACE Forum: Corrosion in low-carbon energies (renewables, nuclear and carbon capture) - issues and solutions

Over the past decades, low-carbon energies have emerged as a strategic priority to decrease CO2 releases in the atmosphere and so to limit the global warming. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change, includes as low-carbon energies: renewable energies, nuclear energy and carbon capture and storage.

The development of these energies rises corrosion issues presented and discussed during the forum. For instance, the capture and storage of carbon technology needs the improvement of the understanding of the reaction mechanisms and interactions with the different materials used in gaseous, dissolved, dense phase and supercritical CO2. The development of geothermal energy is also linked to the selection of appropriate materials. Near-shore and off-shore wind turbines face seawater corrosion together with seawater turbines. In nuclear energy, corrosion issues are mainly related to safety, availability and economy. For solar energies, corrosion phenomena are also encountered both in photovoltaic and in thermal solar technologies.

This interactive forum provides the opportunity to learn and to exchange on corrosion issues and remedies in the new and developing fields of “green energies”.

Confirmed speakers are:

  • Prof. Günter Schmitt (Germany), “Hydrogen Technology – Is existing corrosion knowledge sufficient?”
  • Dr. Raul B Rebak (USA),  “Extending Life and Increasing Safety of Light Water Reactors via Accident Tolerant Fuels”
  • Dr. Ralph Bäßler (Germany) “Components in CO2-stream, corrosive to materials to be used in CC(U)S applications"
  • Dr. Polina Volovitch (France), "The effect of atmospheric pollutants on the degradation mechanisms of Al-doped ZnO thin conductive oxide for PV applications”
  • Prof. Digby MacDonald (USA), "Stress Corrosion Cracking in Reactor Coolant Circuits"