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Postgraduate Course: Carbon Capture and Transport (PGGE11141)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will commence by introducing the topic of power generation from fossil fuels and biomass. Students will acquire general knowledge of standard and advanced power generation technologies and understanding of their respective strengths and weaknesses. Consequently, based on this understanding, students will be introduced to a range of CO2 capture technologies, ranging from those commercially available to technologies still in the development stage. They will acquire a thorough understanding of each technology and its operating principle and will be able to associate particular CO2 capture technology to a relevant power generation process, taking into account strengths and weaknesses of each capture technology and its compatibility with different power generation processes. Following that, students will learn about the issues related to compression and transport of captured CO2 stream. They will be presented with different ways of CO2 transport and will become familiar with topics such as CO2 properties under transport conditions, impurities present in CO2 streams from different generation/capture systems and the effects of impurities on CO2 compression and transport. In addition, the risks associated with CO2 transport will be discussed.
Course description Week 1 - GHG emissions, GHG emissions reduction measures
Week 2 - power generation, power plants, power plant technologies
Week 3 - CO2 capture technologies 1 - general overview
Week 4 - CO2 capture technologies 2 - chemical and physical processes
Week 5 - CO2 capture technologies 3 - absorption (Assignment 1 deadline)
Week 6 - CO2 capture technologies 4 - adsorption
Week 7 - CO2 capture technologies 5 - membranes, cryogenic, looping cycles
Week 8 - CO2 conditioning (Assignment 2 deadline)
Week 9 - CO2 transport
Week 10 - final revision of material covered by the course

This breakdown is only indicative and likely to change depending on circumstances, e.g. schedule of site visits, availability of guest speakers etc.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  40
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 44, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 152 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 60% written exam and 40% coursework
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Carbon Capture and Transport3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Discuss in general terms key CO2 capture technologies, their potential and limitations, the reasons for their deployment, operating principles and applications.
  2. Describe options for treatment of captured CO2, its transport and related issues, such as risks and engineering challenges.
  3. Identify and explain the principles behind major CO2 capture technologies currently in use or close to commercialisation.
  4. Describe the directions in which the research into future technologies is heading, and impacts this may have.
Reading List
Smit, B., Reimer, J. A., Oldenburg, C. M. and Bourg, I. C., 2014. Introduction to Carbon Capture and Sequestration, Imperial College Press, London

Keith, D.W., 2009. Why capture CO2 from the atmosphere? Science, 325
(5948), 1654.

J. Hansen, J. , Sato, M., Kharecha, P., Beerling, D., Berner, R., Masson-Delmotte, V., Pagani, M., Raymo, M., Royer, D. L., Zachos, J. C., 2008. Target atmospheric CO2: Where should humanity aim? Open Atmos. Sci. J., vol. 2, 217. 10.2174/1874282300802010217

The Royal Society, 'Geo-engineering the climate', Science, governance and uncertainty September 2009

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The emissions gap report 2012.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Climate change 2013: The physical science basis.

European Commission Joint Research Centre PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. Trends in global CO2 emissions: 2013 report.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsCarbon capture,power station design,capture-ready,transport
Course organiserDr Ondrej Masek
Tel: (0131 6)50 5095
Course secretaryMr Edwin Cruden
Tel: (0131 6)50 2543
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