IEAGHG Summer School
The Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering is excited to co-host the IEAGHG CCS Summer School at The University of Texas at Austin, July 6-11, 2014. The summer school aims to provide students from diverse academic backgrounds with a broad understanding of the issues surrounding carbon capture and storage, and encourage their active participation in this area. The summer school lasts for one week and includes presentations, hands-on activities and discussion groups led by international experts in the field of CCS. In addition, the students are divided into teams to undertake short research activities on issues of importance within the CCS area, with a presentation to their peers at the end of the week. Time is also allocated for networking and for informal discussions with the assembled experts. Students leaving at the end of the week will have developed a network of contacts in the field of CCS and will have gained a broad overview of the issues surrounding technology development and implementation in CCS.
Each year, approximately 50 to 60 international students attend the IEAGHG CCS Summer School. An important component of the school is to broaden the opportunities for students who might not normally be able to afford a similar educational experience, to attend the summer school. Please consider being a local sponsor.
The summer school program covers every aspect of CCS, blending themes from petroleum engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, geosciences, environmental sciences, public policy, legal and regulatory. The program aims to present the most recent information available in each field. The topics covered include:
- Sources of CO2
- Capture of CO2
- Transport of CO2
- Underground geological storage
- CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery
- Mineral carbonation and industrial uses of CO2
- Public Acceptance and Outreach
- Costs and economic potential of CCS
- Regulatory regimes
- Implications of CCS for GHG inventories and accounting
The target group for the summer school is young scientists, e.g. PhD and MS students and Post Docs with a background in engineering, geo-technologies, socio-economics. Generally some 50-60 students from both developed and developing countries will participate in each program.
Over 20 experts from industry and research attend the summer school for each program.
The experts are in attendance throughout the week of the summer school. They are there to lead discussion in their areas of expertise and are also available for leading smaller discussion groups on the project topics and other topics of interest to the students – this is a tremendous opportunity to gain from the experience of the assembled experts.
Experts and mentors this year include industry, academic, government and non-governmental organization professionals:
John Kaldi, University of Adelaide
Environmental Defense Fund
GFZ (Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Penn State University
Jim Ladlee, Marcellus Outreach Center
The University of Texas at Austin
Steve Bryant, Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
Hugh Daigle, Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
Thomas Edgar, Energy Institute and Department of Chemical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
Cliff Frohlich, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences
Gurcan Gulen, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
Robert Hebner, Center for Electromechanics, Cockrell School of Engineering
Seyyed Hosseini, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
Sue Hovorka, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
Charles Jackson, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences
Cary King, Energy Institute, Jackson School of Geosciences
Tip Meckel, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
Vanessa Nunez-Lopez, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
Hilary Olson, Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering and Bureau of Economic Geology and Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences
Jon Olson, Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
Gary Rochelle, Departmet of Chemical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
Katherine Romanak, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
Becky Smyth, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is now generally seen as a major contributor to reducing emissions of CO2 into the atmosphere. In particular global implementation of CCS could allow large scale reductions of CO2 emissions to be achieved before the end of the next century. Presently, the potential of CCS is being explored in more than 100 projects around the world and international conferences serve as platforms to exchange the results from these activities amongst experts.
For wide scale deployment however, it is necessary to broaden the knowledge base in industrialised and developing countries, particularly at an academic level. Training courses or summer schools are one way of contributing to this, by accelerating and supporting the dissemination of knowledge on the potential for CCS to students around the world.
*photos courtesy of Lori Gauvreau, Schlumberger