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Around the world, research is being conducted on energy solutions that will help to manage our reliance on carbon-based fuels. Science is taking the next logical step by pursuing a wide range of interim solutions designed to create cleaner-burning fuels and reduce the global impact of greenhouse gases released into the environment.
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2016 Midwest Carbon Sequestration
May 16–17, 2014
I Hotel and Conference Center
STEP Still Going Strong Since Grant Completed. STEP Transitions to the Educational Unit of the MGSC
In 2009, the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS), in collaboration with the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC), created a regional technology training center to disseminate carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology gained through leadership and participation in regional carbon sequestration projects. This technology training center was titled and branded as the Sequestration Training and Education Program (STEP). Over the next six years STEP provided local, regional, national, and international education and training opportunities for engineers, geologists, service providers, regulators, executives, K-12 students, K-12 educators, undergraduate students, graduate students, university and community college faculty members, and participants of community programs and functions, community organizations, and others. Since its development in 2009, the goal for STEP educational programs was always focused on knowledge sharing and capacity building to stimulate economic recovery and development by training personnel for commercial CCS projects.
Over the course of the grant period, STEP has successfully trained personnel on the applied engineering and science of CCS for site developers, geologists, engineers, technicians, and others, while providing a technology transfer platform for the permanent storage of CO2. STEP-developed programs have resulted in 13,439 educational contact hours and have issued 1,092 continuing education units (CEU's) to 1,327 people. In addition to formal education programs, STEP has conducted over 140 events or presentations impacting an additional 27,000 people.
As CCS technology continues to evolve, STEP recognizes the importance of continued training opportunities across the multiple disciples involved in CCS to provide the human capital and skills required for implementing and deploying CCS technologies. Moving forward, STEP will continue serving outreach and education initiatives of the MGSC.
Locations for STEP presentations world-wide:
Coming soon . . .
Sallie Greenberg will be presenting a paper at the NC GSA meeting, April 19, 2016 titled: Conducting A One Million Tonne Carbon Storage Demonstration Project: Lessons Learned From the Illinois Basin – Decatur Project. Information about the meeting is available at http://www.geosociety.org/Sections/nc/2016mtg/.
STEP is a program of the Advanced Energy Technology Initiative, University of Illinois.