The Midwest Regional Carbon Initiative team recently joined forces with eGeos, a virtual forum for energy geoscientists and the creative energy behind the popular eGeos podcast, to bring listeners a year-long podcast that will take a deep-dive into the fast-developing topic of Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage.
Expected to drop the second and last Fridays of each month, starting with Friday, January 14, the podcast will include discussions with members of the MRCI team, as well as outside experts in a variety of CCUS-related fields.
“We will definitely be talking about the MRCI and the activities and research we are doing in connection to the Initiative,” says MRCI Outreach Task Lead and Battelle Geologist Autumn Haagsma. “But the goal of the podcast is to reach further afield. We’ll touch on the other DOE Regional Initiatives, but we’ll also explore timely topics related to CCUS both in the states and around the world. The purpose of this effort is to educate people about CCUS and create a meaningful dialogue about the technology and carbon management in general.”
The podcast, which will continue to use the eGeos name, will be hosted by Dr. Rachelle Kernen, Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Australian School of Petroleum & Energy Resources at the University of Adelaide. Kernen is a geological specialist who applies her skills in sedimentology/stratigraphy/geochemistry to CCUS and Hydrogen Storage. She is passionate about the energy transition, diversity-equity-inclusion (DEI), and science communication, which is how she came to host the eGeos podcast for the past two seasons.
“I’m excited to be working with the MRCI team on this partnership and really getting the chance to micro-focus on CCUS. I am a huge supporter of science communication and making science accessible for everyone and am so excited that this team shares that enthusiasm. I’m really looking forward to this new endeavor,” she says.
Initial episodes of the podcast will help set the stage for why the world is talking about CCUS and offer some background on the MRCI. They include a conversation with members of the MRCI Outreach Team on their hopes for the podcast as well as discussions with Principal Investigators from the DOE Regional Initiatives, to help put US and global CCUS efforts in context.