Carbon Capture and Storage

Subject CHEN90027 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 x 1 hour lectures + 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week + 1 x 6 hours of laboratory work per semester
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated 200 hours


Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

(Prior to 2010 CHEN40003 Reactor Engineering)

Study Period Commencement:
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Recommended Background Knowledge:


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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering applications for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005) and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, this subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the Subject Co-ordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit


Dr Colin Scholes


Dr Colin Scholes


Subject Overview:


This subject will give an overview of the drivers for carbon capture and storage, the technology and the economics.


Specific topics will include: Climate Change and Emissions Reduction Measures, Fuel types (coal, oil, gas). Coal chemistry. Other emission sources (natural gas sweetening, cement, iron and steel production) Combustion – conventional pulverized coal, supercritical boilers, IGCC and gasifier design, oxyfuel processes. Coal to liquid fuel processes. Carbon capture using solvent absorption. Other technologies including membranes, adsorbents, chemical looping, cryogenics and gas hydrate technology. Carbon dioxide compression and pipeline transport. Geological Storage – Site selection (containment, capacity, injectivity). Reservoir modeling (static and dynamic), storage in coal seams, enhanced coal bed methane recovery, storage in depleted gas reservoirs and saline formations, enhanced oil recovery. Long term closure and remediation. Economics – levelised cost of electricity, carbon accounting, the economics of CCS. Health and Safety, Risk Assessment and management, legal issues.

Learning Outcomes:


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Discuss the impacts of climate change and the range of measures that can be taken to reduce emissions
  2. Describe the operation of a coal fired power station and the integration of carbon capture and storage into this operation
  3. Estimate the cost of carbon capture and storage and its impact on the levelised cost of electricity
  4. Evaluate different carbon storage options and assess the viability of geosequestration.

  • Laboratory-based assignment (10%). Time commitment of 13-15 hours. Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1 to 3 are reinforced by this assignment. Due week 6
  • Computer-based assignment (10%). Time commitment of 13-15 hours. ILOs 1 to 3 are reinforced by this assignment. Due week 8
  • 3 hour examination (80%). ILOs 1 to 4 are addressed by the examination. Held during the end-of-semester exam period.
Prescribed Texts:


Recommended Texts:

Rackley, S.A., 2010, Carbon Capture and Storage, Elsevier

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • In-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline
  • Ability to use a systems approach to design and operational performance
  • Understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional engineer and the need for sustainable development
  • Understanding of the principles of sustainable design and development.



The subject will be delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorials.


Students will have access to lecture notes and lecture slides.


Speakers from industry are regular contributors to this subject.

Related Course(s): Doctor of Philosophy - Engineering
Master of Philosophy - Engineering
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Engineering (Biochemical)
Master of Engineering (Chemical)

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