Module: Carbon Capture and Sequestration

Patrick Callahan
Initial Publication Date: April 29, 2016


Students will learn the basics of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). Spiraling from the carbon cycle activity, students will investigate how CCS could be an important mitigation strategy for carbon emissions. Juerg Matter lectures and students discuss their written homework responses.

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Learning Goals

In this lesson, students will:
- Define carbon capture and sequestration- Understand the importance of developing carbon emission mitigation technologies- Investigate the potential impact of CCS through a discussion of their homework assignment

Context for Use

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Description and Teaching Materials

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Carbon Capture and Sequestration Lesson Plan
Lesson plan for carbon capture and sequestration class.
CarbonCaptureSequestration_PC_LP.doc (Microsoft Word 83kB Dec7 15)

Carbon Capture and Sequestration Lecture
Presentation for lecture class
CCS_JMatter_March29_2011.pdf (Acrobat (PDF) 26.8MB Dec7 15)

Carbon Capture and Sequestration Reading
Reading for carbon capture and sequestration lecture class.

srccs_technicalsummary.pdf (Acrobat (PDF) 1.2MB Dec7 15)

Teaching Notes and Tips

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There are three main CO2 storage reservoirs / options (see reading assignment):
1) Ocean
2) Geologic (deep saline aquifers, depleted oil/gas reservoir)
3) Mineral carbonation

What are the pros & cons of storing CO2 in the ocean, in geologic reservoirs or in form of minerals (mineral carbonation)? Post a 400-500 word written response to Courseworks. Cite the assigned reading.

References and Resources

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Callahan, P. (2012). Module: Carbon Capture and Sequestration