PETROENG 7073 - Carbon Capture & Storage in Geological Formations

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is a critical technology in mitigating the effects of climate change, which involves capturing greenhouse gas emissions from heavy industries such as steel and cement, oil and gas, and mining, and storing them in underground geological formations. Students in this course will gain a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices of carbon capture and storage in geological formations. Through a combination of lectures, tutorials, simulations, and group activities, students will develop the knowledge and skills required to engineer and design effective CCS systems. This course is a core requirement for the Bachelor of Engineering (Petroleum) (Honours) program and is also available as an elective for students in chemical, mining, civil and mechanical engineering. The course will cover key aspects of CCS including geological concepts, carbon capture technologies, geochemical reactions, site selection, and flow simulations. The course is delivered in intensive format, from 9 am to 5 pm over 7 days during the semester. The first 6 days of the course include a range of learning activities including lectures, tutorials, group projects, and simulations. Students will also work collaboratively in teams, building critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are essential for success in engineering and other STEM fields. The last day of the course (day 7), that is typically timetabled 4 weeks after day 6, will focus on regulatory framework, public engagement and techno-economic assessment of CCS projects. The group presentations are also due in day 7 of the course. Assessment in this course will include an essay and group presentation, tutorial submissions, and an end of semester exam. These assessments are designed to test the knowledge and skills acquired during the course, as well as to encourage students to engage in critical thinking and analysis.

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