151-0928-00L  CO2 Capture and Storage and the Industry of Carbon-Based Resources

SemesterFrühjahrssemester 2020
DozierendeM. Mazzotti, L. Bretschger, N. Gruber, C. Müller, M. Repmann, T. Schmidt, D. Sutter
Periodizitätjährlich wiederkehrende Veranstaltung


151-0928-00 GCO2 Capture and Storage and the Industry of Carbon-Based Resources3 Std.
Mo10:00-13:00ER SA TZ »
10:15-13:00NO C 60 »
20.04.10:00-12:00ER SA TZ »
M. Mazzotti, L. Bretschger, N. Gruber, C. Müller, M. Repmann, T. Schmidt, D. Sutter


KurzbeschreibungCarbon-based resources (coal, oil, gas): origin, production, processing, resource economics. Climate change: science, policies. CCS systems: CO2 capture in power/industrial plants, CO2 transport and storage. Besides technical details, economical, legal and societal aspects are considered (e.g. electricity markets, barriers to deployment).
LernzielThe goal of the lecture is to introduce carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) systems, the technical solutions developed so far and the current research questions. This is done in the context of the origin, production, processing and economics of carbon-based resources, and of climate change issues. After this course, students are familiar with important technical and non-technical issues related to use of carbon resources, climate change, and CCS as a transitional mitigation measure.

The class will be structured in 2 hours of lecture and one hour of exercises/discussion. At the end of the semester a group project is planned.
InhaltBoth the Swiss and the European energy system face a number of significant challenges over the coming decades. The major concerns are the security and economy of energy supply and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Fossil fuels will continue to satisfy the largest part of the energy demand in the medium term for Europe, and they could become part of the Swiss energy portfolio due to the planned phase out of nuclear power. Carbon capture and storage is considered an important option for the decarbonization of the power sector and it is the only way to reduce emissions in CO2 intensive industrial plants (e.g. cement- and steel production).
Building on the previously offered class "Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS)", we have added two specific topics: 1) the industry of carbon-based resources, i.e. what is upstream of the CCS value chain, and 2) the science of climate change, i.e. why and how CO2 emissions are a problem.
The course is devided into four parts:
I) The first part will be dedicated to the origin, production, and processing of conventional as well as of unconventional carbon-based resources.
II) The second part will comprise two lectures from experts in the field of climate change sciences and resource economics.
III) The third part will explain the technical details of CO2 capture (current and future options) as well as of CO2 storage and utilization options, taking again also economical, legal, and sociatel aspects into consideration.
IV) The fourth part will comprise two lectures from industry experts, one with focus on electricity markets, the other on the experiences made with CCS technologies in the industry.
Throughout the class, time will be allocated to work on a number of tasks related to the theory, individually, in groups, or in plenum. Moreover, the students will apply the theoretical knowledge acquired during the course in a case study covering all the topics.
SkriptPower Point slides and distributed handouts
LiteraturIPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, 2018.

IPCC AR5 Climate Change 2014: Synthesis Report, 2014. Link

IPCC Special Report on Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage, 2005. Link

The Global Status of CCS: 2014. Published by the Global CCS Institute, Nov 2014.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesExternal lecturers from the industry and other institutes will contribute with specialized lectures according to the schedule distributed at the beginning of the semester.


Information zur Leistungskontrolle (gültig bis die Lerneinheit neu gelesen wird)
Leistungskontrolle als Semesterkurs
ECTS Kreditpunkte4 KP
PrüfendeM. Mazzotti, L. Bretschger, N. Gruber, C. Müller, M. Repmann, T. Schmidt, D. Sutter
Formunbenotete Semesterleistung
RepetitionRepetition nur nach erneuter Belegung der Lerneinheit möglich.
Zusatzinformation zum PrüfungsmodusIn accordance with the Directive on Measures in Teaching due to the Coronavirus Pandemic this end-of-semester examination will no longer be graded, but only evaluated with pass/fail.

Questions will be formulated in English, but students are free to choose the language (English or German) for the answers.
Die Fragen werden auf englisch gestellt. Die Antworten dürfen auch auf deutsch erfolgen.

Written exam of 120 minutes
Schriftliche Prüfung, 120 Minuten


Keine öffentlichen Lernmaterialien verfügbar.
Es werden nur die öffentlichen Lernmaterialien aufgeführt.


Keine Informationen zu Gruppen vorhanden.


Keine zusätzlichen Belegungseinschränkungen vorhanden.

Angeboten in

Atmospheric and Climate Science MasterErgänzung in nachhaltiger EnergienutzungWInformation
Chemie- und Bioingenieurwissenschaften MasterWahlfächerWInformation
Energy Science and Technology MasterEnergy Flows and ProcessesWInformation
Maschineningenieurwissenschaften BachelorEnergy, Flows and ProcessesWInformation
Maschineningenieurwissenschaften MasterEnergy, Flows and ProcessesWInformation
Science, Technology, and Policy MasterMobilität und EnergieWInformation
Umweltnaturwissenschaften MasterErgänzung in Nachhaltige EnergienutzungWInformation
Verfahrenstechnik MasterKernfächerWInformation