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CCS for policy makers (level 1 course)

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Motivation – This session will review the latest IPCC assessments and the role that CCS will need to have to get to net zero.  Case studies on pathways to carbon neutrality for the US and California will be discussed.

Carbon capture and transport of CO2 – This session will cover the different industrial and power generation sources of emissions, latest capture technologies and energy requirements (parasitic load) for capture systems, including co-benefits. Transportation options (and risks) will also be discussed.


CO2 Storage 101 – This session will cover the basics of geologic storage of CO2, including selecting and high-grading CO2 storage sites based on site characterization,  capacity, injection optimization, retention, siting (source sink matching), and economic constraints.CO2 Plume modeling – This experiential session will give students the opportunity to take what they learned in Session 3 and use two different reservoir simulation tools including PetraSim5 (a graphical interface for the TOUGH2 simulator) and CCSnet (a new machine learning tool) to model CO2 plume behavior.


Understanding and mitigating risk – This session will focus on the main risks associated with geologic storage of CO2 including leakage impacting groundwater quality, induced seismicity, and releases to the atmosphere (via wells, faults, and other pathways).Tools to evaluate geologic storage risk - This experiential session will give students the opportunity to take what they learned in Session 5 and use the National Risk Assessment Partnership (NRAP) suite of science-based tools for quantifying risk at CO2 storage sites to guide decision-making and risk management.


Regulation and policies – This session will provide an overview of the U.S. EPA Underground Injection Control (UIC) program including regulations regarding class 6 (and class 2) injection wells.  Where possible, comparisons with other jurisdictions will be made. This session will also include a discussion on business models and incentives with a tie to technical issues.Option A: Learnings from real world projects – This final session will provide an overview of current projects and what has been learned from the ~30 existing CCS projects and the  ~200 Mt of CO2 that has been injected to date.  Case studies on Sleipner, In Salah, Decatur, and others will be presented.

Option B: Field trip to Bay Area CCUS startups – example visits might include Bloom Energy, Blue Planet Systems, Heirloom, Noya or Charm.