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DOE Program Offers Participants Unique Opportunity to Gain Carbon Capture and Storage Knowledge

February 8, 2011 - 12:00pm


Washington, DC - Future leaders and innovators in the area of carbon capture and storage (CCS) can gain a unique and intensive tutorial on the subject by participating in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Research Experience in Carbon Sequestration (RECS) program.

Supported by the Office of Fossil Energy (FE), the program for graduate students and early career professionals is currently accepting applications for RECS 2011, scheduled for June 5-15, in Birmingham, AL, and the deadline to apply is April 15.

An intensive science-based program, RECS 2011 will combine classroom instruction with group exercises and field activities at a geologic storage test site and visits to a power plant and the Nation Carbon Capture Center. Topics cover the range of CCS deployment issues, and participants will gain hands-on experience designing a carbon storage pilot project and analyzing carbon dioxide (CO2) capture technologies. RECS faculty is comprised of globally recognized scientists and industry leaders.

Founded in 2004, RECS was the first program to offer an intensive program on CCS systems to young scientists and engineers, and it has become the premier summer research experience for students and young professionals interested in this area. The program’s mission is to foster and advance education, scientific research, professional training and career networks in the emerging CCS technology field.

Applicants should be early career professionals, Ph.D. or masters students with backgrounds in geology, chemistry, hydrology, physics, engineering, climate science and related fields. Participants are expected to attend the full program. Enrollment is limited to 30 participants and applicants are welcome from throughout the U.S. and all countries.  

RECS 2011, a collaboration between EnTech Strategies, Southern Company and SECARB-Ed, is supported by DOE FE and the National Energy Technology Laboratory. Other sponsors have included Alstom, American Electric Power and the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.

RECS is tuition-free and the program covers all housing and meal costs. In addition, a travel allowance that should cover all or most travel may be provided.

CCS is a combination of technologies for capturing, compressing, transporting, and permanently storing CO2 emissions from large, stationary fossil energy facilities. Many experts view it as a promising component of a wider "portfolio" strategy (including increased efficiencies, greater use of nuclear and renewable energy, and other approaches) for achieving significant reductions in atmospheric CO2 emissions.

Application instructions on RECS website