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Carbon Management Collegiate Competition

Funded by DOE's Fossil Energy and Carbon Management Office, this competition tasks students to propose a regional carbon transport network.
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The U.S. Department of Energy's Fossil Energy and Carbon Management Office is launching the Carbon Management Collegiate Competition for Spring Semester 2023. Collegiate students will be tasked with proposing a regional carbon transport network, defining its business model, and optimizing the transport network across several parameters and with consideration to regional stakeholders, challenges, and cost variability.

Interdisciplinary teams are required to present a real-world example of work in multi-functional teams. Teams must be comprised of 3 or more undergraduate or graduate students and represent more than one major with preference towards majors or specializations in business, supply chain, geosciences, engineering, GIS, land management, law, computer science, and/or public policy. It is highly encouraged to have representation across two or more disciplines. Faculty participation is welcomed and optional, but the faculty participant does not take the place of a student in the 3-student requirement. 

This competition seeks a diverse range of participants with consideration to disadvantaged communities and underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields to advance carbon management technologies and achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emission goals in a just and sustainable way. 


Please review the official rules  for the complete application process and instructions for competing.

If you want to receive updates on the prize or have any questions, please subscribe by using the contact feature on the HeroX platform or message us directly at CarbonComp@nrel.gov.

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Learn More About the Carbon Management Collegiate Competition!

Jan. 11, 2023, 11:44 a.m. PST by NREL Challenge

Join one of our upcoming Power Connector Events hosted by Entrepreneur Futures Network (EFN) to learn tips and tricks for competing in the Carbon Management Collegiate Competition! This event will include an opportunity to learn more from an expert panel about the competition and career opportunities in the field of carbon transport and management. In addition, students will have a chance to network with our experts and additional competitors to meet potential team members that complement their skills and strengthen their submissions. 

 

Register to join one of the two events: Wednesday, January 25 from 7-8:30 p.m. ET or Thursday, February 2 from 7-8:30 p.m. ET


The Carbon Management Collegiate Competition is now open!

Jan. 2, 2023, 8 a.m. PST by NREL Challenge

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management officially launched the $25,000 Carbon Management Collegiate Competition! Over the next few months, we invite interdisciplinary teams of college students to design next-generation regional carbon transport networks able to transport at least 1 million metric tons of CO2 per year. 

Advancements in reliable regional carbon networks are essential to meet the Biden Administration’s decarbonization goals. We are excited to launch this competition to help build a bright future for the carbon capture, storage, and transportation industries. By participating, students will learn carbon management industry-relevant skills and gain hands-on experience to lead the next generation of carbon management development.

To learn more about the Carbon Management Collegiate Competition, please view the competition rules.


Reminder: Competition Resources Available

Dec. 13, 2022, 8:07 a.m. PST by NREL Challenge

The Carbon Management Collegiate Competition administrators have collected several resources to support teams as they gather information for their submissions. Explore these resources to learn about challenges, opportunities, and strategies for decarbonizing the U.S. economy with carbon management. You can find these resources and the official prize rules under the “Resources” section on HeroX.

 

Helpful Resources:

 

References for Climate Change Projected Impacts:

  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides data, tools, information, and models to help further understand climate variability and change. You can find case studies, maps, and more on their website.
  • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a United Nations body responsible for assessing science related to climate change. On their website, you can find reports on climate impacts, mitigation, and vulnerability.
  • The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit is a framework developed to help document climate hazards and support solutions to reduce climate-related risks. You can find case studies, climate data tools, training courses, and more on their website.
  • Heat.gov serves as the premier source of heat and health information for the nation to reduce the health, economic, and infrastructural impacts of extreme heat.

Get a head start on the Carbon Management Collegiate Competition!

Dec. 1, 2022, 1:40 p.m. PST by Prize Administrator

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management officially released the rules for the $25,000 Carbon Management Collegiate Competition! We invite college students to start building teams that will shape the future of carbon management.

Diverse and interdisciplinary teams will propose a regional carbon transport network able to transport at least 1 million metric tons of CO2 per year. Competitors will design a business model with consideration to regional stakeholders, challenges, and cost variability.

To learn more and get started on your proposal for the Carbon Management Collegiate Competition, please view the competition rules

If you missed our informational webinar, the recording is now available.

On Tuesday, November 29, Prize Administrators hosted an informational webinar about the Carbon Management Collegiate Competition. This video includes an overview of the prize rules, including who can apply, prizes to win, what to submit, and how entries will be judged. We also answered a few questions about the prize and eligibility requirements.

You can also view the slides from the webinar and other key resources to learn more on the Resources tab.


Informational Webinar Rescheduled

Nov. 8, 2022, 2:43 p.m. PST by NREL Challenge

The Carbon Management Collegiate Competition informational webinar has been rescheduled to Tuesday, November 29 at 11 a.m. ET. We apologize for any inconvenience, and invite you to join us at this new date and time to learn more about this upcoming competition. 

Register today: https://nrel.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_yFl2VS-xQZ24yEBLtySooA


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