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CCUS Fundamentals Training and Education

Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Carbon Tech Alliance has developed and presented symposia and lectures in different forums, offered short courses with tours on carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), and developed and disseminated a quarterly newsletter. It has provided effective training and education by presenting high-quality content to the future CCUS workforce and others interested in understanding how CCUS can be applied. The Environmental Stewardship and Outreach (EOS) Alliance, in partnership with PNNL, received a $1 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Energy in 2009 to train the future CCUS workforce and raise awareness of CCUS with the public at large.

Significant Educational Activities

Fundamentals of carbon capture, utilization and storage – course topics

  • Carbon capture and sequestration
  • Carbon capture, utilization and storage facility siting
  • Regulation and implementation – the EPA Class VI GS Rule
  • The role of risk assessment in designing monitoring, verification, and accounting
  • Public perception of CCUS
  • Siting a CCUS project
  • Site characterization: Approach for two different storage targets –basalt and conventional sandstones
  • Carbon capture and sequestration status and leveraging

For taped lectures see the Carbon Tech Alliance website .

  • Disseminate a quarterly newsletter, CCUS Exchange, that includes a variety of articles related to CCUS to 32,322 individuals in six states, British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan representing a variety of state, federal, and municipal entities; consulting firms; and private parties.
  • Present lectures, such as CO2 Capture and Storage – FutureGen 2.0, to an undergraduate class at the University of Washington (UW). The lecture was a part of the Autumn 2012 UW Energy Forum, which consists of a series of lectures to expose undergraduates to contemporary issues in research and practice for renewable and sustainable energy and closely related fields.
  • Present courses, such as the Fundamentals of Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage, twice annually at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. It featured seven 60-minute lectures, two laboratory tours (Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory and Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Lab), and an interactive CCUS siting exercise.
  • Develop a two-day course for undergraduate students at Whitman College on a subsurface modeling tool known as Subsurface Transport Over Multiple Phases (STOMP). The tool can be used for a variety of applications ranging from the geologic storage of greenhouse gases to the fate and transport of volatile organic elements in groundwater. The course will be held in conjunction with the Whitman Geology Department and will take place in spring 2013.

Geological Carbon Storage Research at PNNL

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