The Climate Change: Carbon Capture and Storage course offers a comprehensive exploration of the technology and its pivotal role in addressing climate change. Students will gain insights into the fundamental drivers for making fossil fuels safe to use in the context of the Paris Climate Change agreement of 2015. The course delves into key sectors of the global economy where CCS can contribute to significant reductions in emissions and its unique capacity to complement other low-carbon technologies.
The course is designed for a broad audience with an interest in energy, sustainability, and climate change, aiming to bridge the gap between the latest developments in science, engineering, geology, policy, and economics. Taught by leading academics at the University of Edinburgh, the curriculum provides an objective understanding of CCS technology and its critical importance in the fight against climate change.
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The Climate Change: Carbon Capture and Storage course comprises five modules covering climate drivers, CCS across the global economy, capturing carbon, geological carbon storage, and future prospects.
The first module, "Climate Drivers," provides an introduction to the course, addressing the greenhouse gas effect, the Paris Climate Change Agreement, and the carbon budget of the atmosphere. It also delves into the global primary energy and the role of CCS in achieving carbon balance.
The second module, "CCS Across the Whole Economy," explores the unique value proposition of CCS, its application in various industries, such as cement and steel, and its potential contributions to a net-zero carbon future. The module also covers the role of hydrogen and electricity as carbon-free energy vectors.
The third module, "Capturing Carbon," delves into the basic principles of combustion, different carbon capture technologies, and the case for negative emission technologies. It also explores the potential of CO2 utilization as an alternative to storage and addresses the permanence of CO2 storage.
The fourth module, "Geological Carbon Storage," focuses on the transportation and storage of CO2, discussing storage in solid rock, aquifers, and depleted oil fields. It also covers the trapping of carbon dioxide, monitoring, and leakage considerations in geological storage.
The final module, "Future Prospects," discusses global storage capacity, policy and regulations for CCS, and the future scale of the industry. It also provides insights into the global policy landscape for CCS and addresses misconceptions about CCS technology.
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