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University of Edinburgh

Climate Change: Carbon Capture and Storage

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The atmosphere is a shared resource and the amount of greenhouse gases it can absorb is a finite resource. This introductory course to the technology of Carbon Capture and Storage is designed for a wider audience with an interest in energy, sustainability and climate change.

The aim of Carbon Capture and Storage is to achieve

  • Deep reductions in carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere
  • Unlock carbon negative solutions to achieve a neutral carbon balance to the atmosphere in the 21st century

Carbon Capture and Storage makes cheap, widely available fossil fuels ‘safe to use’ in the context of the Paris Climate Change agreement of 2015. It prevents their carbon dioxide emissions from entering the atmosphere to store them permanently and safely underground.

The course is taught by a team of leading academics at the University of Edinburgh with decades of experience in this field. It aims to bridge the gap between the forefront of the latest developments in science, engineering, geology, policy and economics, and the wider public.

The aim is to help you understand this technology objectively and why it is so important in our efforts against climate change. We hope the course will make you want to find out more about climate change mitigation options and that you will continue to further educate yourself in this area.


Block 1 - Climate Drivers

  • Introduction to the Course
  • Global Warming
  • The Carbon Budget of our Atmosphere
  • CCS in a Nutshell
  • Carbon Neutrality
  • Conclusions and Graded Test

Block 2 - CCS Across the Whole Economy

  • Welcome to Block 2
  • At what stage is CCS?
  • Heavy Industries and Manufacturing
  • Decarbonising Global Energy
  • Hydrogen
  • Electricity
  • Conclusions and Graded Test

Block 3 - Capturing Carbon

Welcome to Block 3

  • Combustion
  • Post-Combustion Capture
  • Capture by Oxyfuel Combustion
  • Pre-Combustion Capture
  • Carbon Dioxide Utilisation
  • Carbon Negative Technologies
  • Conclusions and Graded Test

Block 4 - Geological Carbon Storage

  • Welcome to Block 4
  • The Transport of Carbon Dioxide
  • Why Geological Storage?
  • Rocks for Geological Carbon Storage
  • Reservoirs, Seals and Traps
  • Storage in Aquifers and Depleted Oil Fields
  • Trapping the Carbon Dioxide
  • Leakage and Monitoring
  • Conclusions and Graded Test

Block 5 - Future Prospects

  • Welcome to Block 5
  • Global Storage Capacity
  • CO2 Pollution and Waste Disposal
  • Future Developments
  • A Global Industry
  • Common Myths and Misconceptions
  • Conclusions and Graded Test

Taught by

Dr. Mathieu Lucquiaud , Dr. Mark Wilkinson , Erika Palfi and Thomas Spitz


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