CCS MOOC word cloud copyThe University of Edinburgh, an SCCS founding partner, is to rerun its free online course exploring the technology that can provide a long-term solution to protecting our atmosphere from an excess of carbon dioxide (CO2).

The five-week Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC, begins its third run on 25 November, one week before the COP25 global climate talks begin in Madrid.

More details, introductory video and registration

The course explores carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in the context of climate change, global energy and economics, the world’s use of fossil fuels and global climate policy.

The organisers are expecting another high sign-up rate for what has proved a popular focus.

Samuel Depraz, who completed the MOOC on its second run, said:

This course was an excellent point to start from to get a wide and deep understanding of the carbon capture storage topic, its applications, limitations and industrial maturity.

[The MOOC] is very accessible, even if you don’t have a technical background, and covers a wide range of the various applications, such as CCS, CO2 capture and usage (CCUS), direct air capture (DAC) and bioenergy with CCS (BECCS), which makes it very complete.

The exercises allow you to consolidate the course material and the tutors are brilliant and experienced. What was really useful were the concrete examples, references and external websites describing actual world-wide applications, allowing you to grasp that many CCS technologies are indeed mature and could be used today in various industrial applications.

Thanks to this course, I am able to recommend to anyone, with confidence, that the different CCS technologies be used to reduce CO2 emissions.

The MOOC will be taught by leading academics at the university and, on completion, there is the option to gain a Verified Certificate.

Participants will learn about:

  • how to protect the atmosphere, with CCS technology, from an excess of CO2;
  • the potential to make fossil fuels “safe to use” in the context of the Paris Climate Change Agreement of 2015;
  • key sectors of the global economy, where CCS can contribute to deep reductions in emissions;
  • the uniqueness of CCS to complement other low-carbon technologies;
  • how CCS can unlock carbon negative solutions, which will need to be used before mid-century;
  • the scientific principles of climate mitigation technologies;
  • the key elements of geology for permanently, and safely, disposing of CO2 underground;
  • the international state-of-play and scale of the industry in the 21st century.

More details, introductory video and registration

What is a MOOC?

The University of Edinburgh has a range of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), which are freely accessible and open-licensed short courses delivered online. To date, more than two million people have signed up to Edinburgh courses across a broad range of subject areas. More details

CCS MOOC word cloud

Word cloud created after the last MOOC run with words that participants most associated with CCS after completing the course

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