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Research Experience in Carbon Sequestration 2024 is Now Accepting Applications for its 20th Annual Program


April 2, 2024 - The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) invites graduate students and early career professionals who are interested in carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) to apply for the 2024 Research Experience in Carbon Sequestration (RECS) program, which will be held July 21-30, 2024 in Colorado and Wyoming. Applications are due by May 15, 2024.

Founded in 2004, RECS is supported by FECM alongside its applied lab, the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). The program offers graduate students and early career professionals the opportunity to learn about all aspects of CCUS and to build their career network. CCUS is a combination of technologies that capture, compress, transport, use, and permanently store carbon dioxide emissions from large, stationary industrial and energy facilities. The program will also cover removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere with a process known as direct air capture.

RECS 2024 will include interactive content on a range of CCUS topics. It will incorporate site tours at a power plant, coal mine, carbon capture facility, direct air capture facility, and injection wellhead, and include geology field exercises, live lectures, discussion sessions, and group projects. Some of the Nation’s leading CCUS experts from DOE and its national laboratories, the energy industry, CCUS project developers, and academia will join the program as well. They will discuss key CCUS research, development, and demonstration projects, commercial deployment trends, engagement strategies, and how policy and business drivers impact the field. RECS 2024 local partners and hosts include the University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources and NETL, as well as ION Clean Energy, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Western Fuels-Wyoming, Inc., Wyoming Integrated Test Center, and Charm Industrial.

To apply, applicants should be graduate students or early career professionals with backgrounds in geology, chemistry, engineering, natural sciences, hydrology, physics, business, communications, and related fields. Enrollment is limited to 32 participants and is tuition free. A travel stipend is available for students.

RECS 2024 is scheduled for July 21-30, 2024 in Colorado and Wyoming. The deadline to apply is May 15, 2024. Visit the RECS website for more information and to apply.

FECM minimizes environmental and climate impacts of fossil fuels and industrial processes while working to achieve net-zero emissions across the U.S. economy. Priority areas of technology work include carbon capture, carbon conversion, carbon dioxide removal, carbon dioxide transport and storage, hydrogen production with carbon management, methane emissions reduction, and critical minerals production. To learn more, visit the FECM website, sign up for FECM news announcements, and visit the NETL website.