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PNNL offers “fundamentals of carbon capture and storage”

Two day class July 31 - Aug. 1

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June 26, 2012 Share This!

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RICHLAND, Wash. — Capturing and storing carbon dioxide, or CO2, away from the atmosphere as a way of reducing the impacts of climate change is an emerging field of scientific study, and it also could be a fantastic career opportunity. On July 31, nationally-renowned CO2 capture and storage, or CCS, experts will offer a comprehensive, two-day course about the subject at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Open to everyone, the course will review: 

  • The current and potential role CCS plays in mitigating climate change,
  • Scientific, legal and political aspects of CCS,
  • Technical and policy challenges influencing CCS technology,
  • The operational components associated with starting and implementing a CCS project,
  • Commercial scale-up of technology developed in the laboratory, and
  • Moving from CCS to CCUS, or carbon capture utilization and storage, and doing more with the process.

The course is part of a series of educational seminars offered by the Carbon Tech Alliance, a public-private partnership designed to provide CCS training and education. Professionals can earn 1.4 continuing education credits for taking the course. To learn more about the coursework and/or register visit or call Jessica Sandusky at (206) 528-3422. Registration closes July 25.

What: Fundamentals of carbon capture and storage

Who:   Courses and instructors include CCS regulatory, industry and research experts; **a full list is below. The course is open to anyone interested in learning more about a career in CCS, or learning more about the science, policy and business behind CCS.

When: Tuesday, July 31 - 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 1 - 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Where: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
3230 Q Avenue (National Security Building)
Richland, WA 99354

**Onsite parking available

Cost:   Free for students, faculty and veterans (contact Jessica Sandusky at for free registration)
$225 for general public
To register visit
Registration closes July 25

(Reporters are welcome to attend sessions free of charge but must register in advance with Franny White or Annie Haas.)

**Fundamentals of carbon capture and storage - courses and instructors

CO2 Capture and Storage 101: Forefront Technologies - (not confirmed) Jim Dooley, PNNL senior staff scientist at the Joint Global Change Research Institute

CO2 Capture and Storage Facility Siting and FutureGen 2.0 - Tom Anderson, environmental siting expert and scientist at PNNL

Public Perception of CCS - Lessons Learned and how it can Make or Break a Program - Gretchen Hund, policy expert and senior scientist at PNNL

Regulatory Aspects of CO2 Capture and Storage - (not confirmed) Bruce Kobelski, geologist and regulatory expert, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Role of Risk Assessment in designing Monitoring, Verification, and Accounting Programs - Kenneth Hnottavange-Telleen, risk and performance manager, Schlumberger Carbon Services

Site Characterization: Approach for two very different storage targets - Basalts & Conventional sandstones - Charlotte Sullivan, senior scientist and expert in geologic sequestration at PNNL

CO2 Capture and Storage Research, Today and Tomorrow  - Casie Davidson, PNNL senior research scientist


Tags: Energy, Environment, Emissions, Carbon Capture and Sequestration

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