THE University of Edinburgh has launched the world’s first open online course about CCS and is offering it free of charge for those who want to learn about the promise of what could prove to be one of the largest industries created this century.
The free five-week massive open online course – or MOOC– will be delivered by lecturers in Edinburgh’s schools of engineering and geology. The course will explain how carbon capture and storage technology relates to climate change, global energy and economics, use of fossil fuels and global climate policy.
The university says that the course, which begins on 15 March, is suitable for anyone with an interest in learning how technology can help rein in the worst impacts of climate change in a world of increasing population and energy needs.
Commenting on what registrants will learn, course lecturer Mathieu Lucquiaud, professor in mechanical engineering, said: “You will be able to understand how the technologies to capture carbon dioxide work and then how we can store [it] safely and permanently…instead of dumping it into the atmosphere.
“So how badly do we need carbon capture and storage, how quickly do we need it, when, where, is it safe, can we afford not to do it, what is the unique value proposition it offers? This is potentially one of the largest industries to be created this century – where has it happened already and why, what is the current state of play and where is it expected to happen next?”
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