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Bachelors and Masters Education in Carbon Capture and Sequestration – CCS

Posted by on Monday, 14 March, 2011

These are some of the CCS research centres with training opportunities:

Carbon Capture and Sequestration Technologies – Massachusetts Institute of Technology:

The Carbon Capture and Sequestration Technologies Program at MIT conducts research into technologies to capture, utilize, and store CO2 from large stationary sources. A major component of the program is the Carbon Sequestration Initiative (an industrial consortium formed to investigate Carbon Capture and Storage Technologies launched in July 2000). MIT research examines carbon sequestration from multiple perspectives, including technical, economic, and political. Current research interests include technology assessments, economic modeling, analysis of regulatory and political aspects, and development of a Carbon Management Geographic Information System (GIS).

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Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI) – Princeton University:

CMI through its affiliation with Princeton University serves as an interdisciplinary platform connecting innovative educational programs that engage and support undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students to become leaders in the fields of Climate Science, Carbon Capture and Storage and Integration and Policy.

Princeton University offers a wide range of opportunities to undergraduate students interested in topics related to carbon mitigation, ranging from courses and certificate programs, summer and year-round internships to student run organizations.

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Geologic Carbon Sequestration Program – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory:

The Earth Sciences Division (ESD) of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has been carrying out research on geologic carbon sequestration since 1998. The GCS mission is to develop the knowledge and understanding of CO2 injection, storage, migration processes, impacts, and monitoring to inform and guide the safe and effective implementation of geologic carbon sequestration.

The GCS program can be categorized into six Research Areas like Monitoring, Site Characterization, Risk Assessment, Model Development, Laboratory Studies and Geochemistry/Geophysics Theory & Analysis.

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Carbon Sequestration Program – University of Nebraska, Lincoln:

Carbon Sequestration Program of University of Nebraska, Lincoln focus on determining the potential for carbon storage in dryland and irrigated cropping systems in the north-central U.S.A and the factors that govern carbon sequestration. Research is being conducted at the western edge of the favorable rainfed “cornbelt” of the north-central USA, which is one of the most productive and largest agroecosystems in the world.

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Carbon Capture and Storage – Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage:

The CCS masters provide high-level interdisciplinary skills and training in the entire value chain of carbon capture and storage, including combustion, transport, geoscience and legal aspects.

The Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Masters is designed for science graduates in Engineering or Geoscience related subjects seeking an advanced academic qualification as a launch pad for careers in business, industry and government in the field of low carbon energy production.

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Carbon Capture and Storage – Imperial College London:

Imperial College has the country’s largest CCS research program, with over 30 staff involved in CCS related activity.

The Research Program aims at an integrated approach to Carbon capture, from capture, through transport to geological storage, but with overarching systems approach to ensure a coherent research effort and also involved in legal and regulatory issues.

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Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage — University of Nottingham:

The Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage (CICCS) is an interdisciplinary, innovative, and international leading centre for research at the interface between science and engineering and international cooperation to accelerate the technological innovation needed for the wider deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS). CICCS is active in a large number of research programmes which include Decentralised options for CCS, Integration of capture and storage systems, Utilisation of CO2 as a feedstock, CO2 capture: improving efficiency and reducing costs, Terrestrial CO2 storage, Public acceptability and regulatory issues and Cleaner coal technology.

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Carbon Capture and Storage – School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW, Australia:

The School of Chemical Engineering and School of Petroleum Engineering at the University of New South Wales has a significant research group headed by Prof. Dianne Wiley investigating the economics of capturing CO2 from industrial sources and injecting it into underground reservoirs in Australia. The project team is seeking PhD or Masters by Research candidates to join our research team. This research is part of the work of the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (“CO2CRC”), which is a joint industry / Australian Government sponsored programme that brings together the work of research institutions, Government agencies and private companies in Australia and overseas.



Online Courses for Carbon Capture and Sequestration:

This course is ideal for geologists, researchers, operators, landmen, engineers, and students who want to learn about carbon capture and sequestration. This course covers the fundamental concepts involved in carbon capture and sequestration, and explains the geological conditions required for successful carbon storage. It profiles extraction, transportation, injection, and monitoring of CO2. This course is offered at the beginning of every month. You may sign up for it at any time, and your course will begin the first day of the upcoming month. It is a 4-week online course which consists of 4 one-week units that involve readings, multimedia, guiding questions, and assignments for you to do and to email to your instructor.

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An online course which is ideal for geologists, researchers, operators, landmen, managers, technology entrepreneurs, engineers, and students who want to learn about carbon capture and sequestration. This course covers the fundamental concepts involved in developing geologic models used in successful carbon sequestration. It provides an overview of reservoir characterization, discusses fluid dynamics, and discusses risks and challenges both theoretical and those encountered in current cases. Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to define carbon capture and sequestration, explain how and when it is used, discuss geological characteristics of suitable formations, describe fluid dynamics, and discuss current cases of where and how geological models have been developed in conjunction with CCS.

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Related Terms in the Glossary:

Carbon Capture and Storage

Carbon Sequestration

Geological Sequestration

Clean Coal Technology


Australia’s CCS Flagship Program Funding Affected

Posted by on Monday, 14 February, 2011

Australia is the world’s biggest coal exporter. It needs to invest maximum in carbon capture and storage. If Australia can come up with retrofitting models that can be fitted with existing coal power plants, it can extend the life span of its coal. Nothing better than capturing the carbon and sequestering it.

If Australian universities can do research in fields like saline aquifers, ocean storage – (most of the potential identified by Australia are in the ocean for storing of CO2) and

Coal bed methane among others, it would be leading the world in Carbon capture and Storage research. The Australian Government should be funding the most in doing research in different types of carbon capture. Carbon capture and Storage Flagship program of Australia is a very progressive and positive one.

The Australian Government has a comprehensive climate change policy to support its commitment to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by 60 per cent on 2000 levels by 2050.

Everything was going well till the floods in the Queensland province. The floods caused extensive damage to the existing infrastructure and livelihood of millions of people has been threatened due to its extensive devastation. That was an immense national challenge of rebuilding flood-affected regions across Australia. The Government needed AUS $ 5.6 billion to rebuild the flood affected regions. The Government has decided that two-thirds of that funding of flood affected areas will be delivered through spending cuts across many flagship programs. The CCS program is one such program that faces a spending cut.

The Australian PM has announced spending cuts and deferrals of AUS$250 million to its Flagship CCS program and the Global CCS Institute to help pay for Queensland flood relief. AUS$160 million will be deferred until after 2015 while AUS$90 million will be cut from the budget.

It is somewhat paradoxical. The floods in Australia many propound is because of Climate change, a consequence of burning coal for power. The CCS flagship program is a visionary and hence the Australian government should spend more money in doing  research in fields like storing carbon dioxide in products viz Gasoline, cement, fertilizer, and in biomass co firing, mineral carbonation etc. The more innovations Australia makes, the more life they give for their coal and the mother earth.



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