March is Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Month at Colorado School of Mines
Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) is widely acknowledged to be one of the key strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating a net-zero energy future.
In support of these efforts, Colorado School of Mines launched an Integrated CCUS Initiative in September 2020 that takes a multi-disciplinary approach to CCUS, featuring scientific and engineering research, coupled with cross-cutting work on policy, markets and regulation. The Mines effort is led by the Office of Global Initiatives and the Payne Institute for Public Policy, and relies on partnership with industry and government.
The initiative is supported by the CCUS@Mines Task Force — composed of leaders from industry and government agencies actively working in the CCUS sectors. It is envisaged that the CCUS initiative will become a major focus area at the university that includes a graduate curriculum for a new CCUS-focused program, student recruitment, world-class research and a sustainable funding model for a CCUS research center.
To highlight the impressive CCUS work happening on campus and beyond, Mines will host a series of CCUS-related events in March 2021. These events include webinars, podcast interviews and an invite-only CCUS Expo highlighting some of the campus and world’s authorities on the latest CCUS technologies. Some of the featured guest speakers include Dr. Jennifer Wilcox (Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy), Doug Conquest (Vice President, Oxy Low Carbon Ventures Services), Charlene Russell (Chief Commercial Officer, Carbon America), and Dr. Will Toor (Executive Director, Colorado Energy Office).
“Bringing together global CCUS thought leaders and world-class Colorado School of Mines faculty through March’s activities creates another opportunity to highlight the important role of CCUS in our energy future,” said John Bradford, vice president of global initiatives at Mines. “Our faculty provide relevant expertise that spans from fundamental chemistry to subsurface reservoir evaluation to reactor engineering, and we cultivate a collaborative working environment across disciplines.”
For more information about the Integrated CCUS Initiative and the related events, please contact the CCUS Program Manager, Laura Singer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.