Washington, DC - Students and early career professionals can gain hands-on experience in areas related to carbon capture and storage (CCS) by participating in the Research Experience in Carbon Sequestration (RECS) program.
The initiative, supported by DOE's Office of Fossil Energy (FE), is currently accepting applications for RECS 2010, scheduled for July 18-28 in Albuquerque, N.M., and the deadline to apply is May 15.
An intensive science-based program, RECS 2010 will combine classroom instruction with field activities at a geologic storage test site and visits to a power plant and coal mine. Topics cover the range of CCS deployment issues, and participants will gain hands-on experience designing a carbon storage pilot project and utilizing carbon dioxide (CO2) monitoring equipment.
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., graduate and exceptional undergraduates with backgrounds in geology, chemistry, hydrology, physics, engineering, climate science and related fields. Participants are expected to attend the full 10-day program. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants and applicants are welcome from throughout the U.S. and all countries.
Through support by the U.S. Department of Energy, FE's National Energy Technology Laboratory and corporate sponsors, Alstom and the Global CCS Institute, 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 costs will be provided.
RECS faculty is comprised of globally recognized scientists and industry leaders. Technical collaborators have included the Southwest Partnership on Carbon Sequestration, the Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership and Los Alamos National Laboratory. In addition to DOE support, RECS has received corporate sponsorship from Alstom, American Electric Power and the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.
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.