Recovery Act: Regional Technology Training Centers

Carbon capture and storage technologies offer great potential for reducing CO2 emissions. However, deploying them will require a significantly expanded workforce trained in various specialties that are currently underrepresented in the United States. NETL understands that successful commercialization of CO2 capture and storage technologies depends on knowledge sharing among various public and private entities. Knowledge sharing will also help address potential future challenges regarding public acceptance, infrastructure requirements, and regulatory frameworks.

Funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) has enabled NETL to facilitate seven Regional Technology Training Centers that have focused on promoting CCS knowledge sharing and training opportunities. The seven training centers have emphasized training personnel in the implementation of CCS technology. While DOE support to nearly all of these projects has concluded, several of the training centers are still in existence. Training activities have focused on engineering and science of CCS for site developers, geologists, engineers, and technicians in order to provide a technology transfer platform for CO2 geologic storage. This project-based training has helped to being to produce a workforce with the skills and competencies in geology, geophysics, geomechanics, geochemistry, and reservoir engineering needed for the CCS industry. Overall, the training centers have addressed five activity areas:

  • Implement an Organized Sponsorship Development Program - Develop a self-sustaining, long-term technology program without federal government support
  • Short Courses on CCS Technologies - Work with experts in the field to identify and develop training materials for professionals
  • Regional Training, Outreach, and Networking - Conduct training related to CCS technologies
  • Perform Regional/Basin Technology Transfer Services - Achieve technology transfer through outreach materials and coordination of regional/basin efforts
  • Plan and Manage the Recipient’s Regional Program - Ensure that the regional programs are well planned and managed

Training Center Overviews

Click on the training center logo to go to their website. Click on "Read More" in the right column to get additional information and a link to the fact sheet. 

University of Illinois (Champaign, IL)
Read more about the Development and Implementation of the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium Sequestration Training and Education Program (STEP).
Environmental Outreach and Stewardship (EOS) Alliance (Seattle, WA)
Read more about the Carbon Capture and Storage Training.
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (Socorro, NM)
Read more about the Southwestern United States Carbon Sequestration Training Center.
Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC) (Tulsa, OK)
Read More about the Carbon Capture and Storage in the Permian Basin, a Regional Technology Transfer and Training Program.
Southern States Energy Board (SSEB) (Norcross, GA)
Read more about the Southeast Regional CO2 Sequestration Technology Training Program.
The University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)
Read more about the Alliance for Sequestration Training, Outreach, Research, and Education (STORE).
University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY)
Read more about the Wyoming Carbon Capture and Sequestration Technology Institute; Workforce Training, Technology Transfer, and Information Clearinghouse.

STEP IEAGHG International CCS Summer School. Thirty experts in CCS and ~60 select graduate students and early career scientists from twenty-six countries came together for 1-week of training.  Research Experience in Carbon Sequestration (RECS) is an intensive 10-day, interactive program combining classroom instruction with group exercises, and CCS site visits.
EOS Alliance website as an example of a training center website available that is providing access to training opportunities and other CCS-related information. NMIMT 1-week High School mini-course during the summer. Introduces students to the types of geology (reservoir and seal rocks) important to geological sequestration.