Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium Sequestration Technology Transfer Center Funded.

With nearly $1 million over three years from the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory, the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) in conjunction with the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC) will create a regional technology training center to disseminate carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology gained through leadership and participation in regional carbon sequestration projects. The MGSC Sequestration Technology Transfer Center (STTC) will provide education and training opportunities for engineers, geologists, service providers, regulators, executives, and others. MGSC STTC programs will work in accordance with state and regional job development programs to stimulate economic recovery and support development of trained personnel for commercial CCS projects. MGSC STTC will work with professional organizations and regional experts to leverage existing training opportunities while providing additional stand-alone training events. Training topics will include CCS project development, site characterization, permitting, reservoir engineering, monitoring, verification, and accounting (MVA), simulation and risk assessment, and communications. Training will utilize a modular multi-track approach allowing different professional participants to customize training. Phase I will be nine months and will focus on management, development, and communication/information dissemination. Phase II will be two years focused on implementation and training, communication/information dissemination, and management.

MGSC STTC will benefit the Illinois Basin region by providing curriculum, outreach, and networking on five focal areas for carbon sequestration technology development: (1) capture, (2) geologic carbon storage, (3) MVA, (4) CO2 use, and (5) simulation and risk assessment. Further benefits will result from links between MGSC STTC, independent research entities, utilities, CO2 producers, and technology providers to develop CCS technology training and job development opportunities. MGSC STTC work should result in advancing the United States in its position as a leader in CCS technology, developing a training center, production of teaching materials, and production of workforce necessary for the CCS industry.