ARRA Regional Carbon Sequestration Training Centers

Projects in this area are funded, in whole or in part, with funds appropriated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and will train personnel in the implementation of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. While CCS technologies offer great potential for reducing CO2 emissions and mitigating potential climate change, deploying these technologies will require a significantly expanded workforce trained in the various specialties currently underrepresented in the United States. Education and training activities undertaken in this area are developing a future generation of geologists, scientists, and engineers that will provide the human capital and skills required for implementing CCS technologies.

Training activities focus on the applied engineering and science of CCS for site developers, geologists, engineers, and technicians, as well as providing a technology transfer platform for CO2 storage. The training resulting from the selected projects will produce the workforce necessary for the CCS industry with skills and competencies in geology, geophysics, geomechanics, geochemistry, and reservoir engineering disciplines. The projects selected address five activity areas:

  • Implement an Organized Sponsorship Development Program – Develop a self-sustaining, long-term technology program without federal government support.
  • Short Courses on CCS Technologies – Work with experts in the field to identify and develop training materials for professionals.
  • Regional Training—Outreach and Networking – Conduct training related to CCS technologies.
  • Perform Regional/Basin Technology Transfer Services – Achieve technology transfer through various outreach materials and coordination of regional/basin efforts.
  • Plan and Manage the Recipient's Regional Program – Ensure that the regional programs are well planned and managed.

NETL has selected seven projects to receive approximately $7 million in funding through ARRA to help develop regional storage technology training centers in the United States. The seven projects will augment and supplement outreach activities already underway in the Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships (RCSPs), facilitating the transfer of knowledge and technologies required for site development, operations, and monitoring of commercial CCS projects. As of December 2010, the ARRA Regional Carbon Sequestration Training Centers had trained over 530 participants and distributed more than 720 professional development hours (PDH).

Awarded Projects
  • University of Illinois (Champaign, IL)
    Development and Implementation of the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium Sequestration Training and Education Program (STEP):

This project created the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium Sequestration Technology Training Center. Training utilizes a modular, multi-track approach, allowing different professional participants to customize individual programs. The project benefits the Illinois Basin region by providing curriculum, outreach, and networking on five focal areas for carbon storage technology development. Fact Sheet

This project facilitates the development of a CCS workforce through regional CO2 storage technology training in the northwest, focusing on 12-14 key topics related to long-term, underground CO2 storage. EOS is implementing an organized sponsorship program; developing short courses on CCS technologies; providing regional training, outreach, and networking; performing regional technology transfer services; and planning and managing the regional program. Courses also cover the intricacies of storage in basalts that are present in the region. Fact Sheet

The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology is developing the Southwestern U.S. Geologic CO2 Sequestration Training Center. A holistic approach is being utilized to conduct outreach and training for current professionals, inclusive of industry, non-governmental organizations, the general public, and the media. The training also engages students at all levels, from K-12 to college students, and provides training and tools to secondary education teachers. Fact Sheet

PTTC's Regional Technology Training Program focuses on the development and delivery of technology training for the Permian Basin. Methods to transfer knowledge include regional workshops, an extended CCS course, a research-oriented workshop, online certificate program, and webinars/e-symposia. Fact Sheet

The Southeast Regional CO2 Sequestration Technology Training Program is developing short courses on CCS technologies, participating in regional training and other activities through outreach and networking, and performing internet-based and electronic regional/basin technology transfer services. The training addresses (1) the most promising storage options in the southeast region, (2) the various sources of CO2, (3) the regional transportation infrastructure, and (4) the legal, regulatory, and institutional frameworks. Fact Sheet

This project creates an alliance for Sequestration Training, Outreach, Research, and Education (STORE) as part of the Gulf Coast Carbon Center to promote the transfer of scientific knowledge and applied engineering technologies related to CO2 storage in the Gulf Coast region.  The focus is on four primary objectives needed for emerging CCS industry in the Gulf region and includes storage workforce training, public outreach, research and technology dissemination, and workforce pipeline education. Fact Sheet

  • University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY) 
    Wyoming Carbon Capture and Sequestration Technology Institute; Workforce Training, Technology Transfer, and Information Clearinghouse: 

The Wyoming CCS Technology Institute (WCTI) is implementing training and technology transfer in the Wyoming and Rocky Mountain regions. The WCTI utilizes an industry-wide model to train a professional workforce, provide pathways for graduates and professionals from allied fields, and create a vehicle for communicating regional CCS knowledge and technology within the growing industry. Fact Sheet

On October 5-7, 2010, NETL hosted the Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership Annual Review Meeting in which the Regional Sequestration Technology Training Centers gave project update presentations. Meeting proceedings are available here.

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