Course Description

Achieving climate goals will require energy systems to undergo a transformation of unprecedented scope. The long-term goal for energy transition is to shift away from fossil-based resources entirely, which is why emissions reductions require strategies and deployment of innovative processes that rely on renewable energy instead.

Discover different Clean Energy Pathways (CEPs) that require subsurface evaluation for the emerging and already employed energy transitions ahead. The CEPs covered in this introductory course are Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), Hydrogen Production and Storage (HPS), Geothermal Energy (GE) and Critical Elements for the Energy Transition (CEET).

Course Details

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Explain the critical role of four CEPs (CCS, HPS, GE and CEET) in achieving global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions
  • Discuss fluid properties and phase behaviour of CO2?in the subsurface
  • Provide examples of subsurface targets for geological carbon storage
  • Understand methods used for containment and conformance monitoring of CO2
  • Discuss innovative methods for producing hydrogen from natural gas, bitumen and coal
  • Discuss targets and methods for utility-scale storage of hydrogen in the subsurface
  • Explain the principles of geothermal energy, including in hot sedimentary basins and using closed-loop systems
  • Understand the characteristics of critical elements (minerals) for the energy transition, with specific application to lithium, uranium and helium

Topics of instruction

  1. Introduction to Clean Energy Pathways (CEPs)
  2. Overview of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)
  3. Overview of Hydrogen Production and Storage (HPS)
  4. Overview of Geothermal Energy (GE)
  5. Critical Elements for Energy Transition (CEET)

Applies Towards the Following Program(s)

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Online Asynchronous
Jan 15, 2024 to Feb 11, 2024
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Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $559.00
Potential Price Adjustments
  • Christopher Clarkson
  • David Eaton
Section Notes

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post the course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources page.
Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

Program structure is three courses as follows:
Course 1 – Clean Energy Pathways using the Subsurface
Course 2 – Subsurface Characterization and Evaluation
Course 3 – Regulatory, Economic, Indigenous and Public Perception Aspects of Clean Energy Pathways

Asynchronous content – videos, assigned readings; at your own schedule
Synchronous content – webinars, panel discussions; scheduled in D2L, Thursdays, noon - 1:00 pm (MT) 

Knowledge checks – not graded, but required to ensure understanding achieved
Final exam per course – graded, letter-grade assigned, requirement of B- for successful completion

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