The International CCS Knowledge Centre appreciated the opportunity be part of the launch of a four-year, $6 million+ investment in university R&D on carbon capture and storage, blue hydrogen, geothermal energy and other cleantech projects by the Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC) and Mitacs.
The Knowledge Centre's past and current Mitacs interns joined officials from PTRC, Mitacs, the Government of Saskatchewan and University of Regina to announce this collaborative funding program that will provide a great boost for developing and retaining skilled professionals for high-quality jobs in the sustainable energy across Canada.
We have been fortunate to have benefitted from Mitacs' internships programs, which have allowed us to hire some of Saskatchewan's brightest minds, while giving them critical experience in the quickly evolving CCS industry.
University of Regina graduates Puttipong Tantikhajorngosol and Patit Pradoo are now key members of our Project Development and Technical Services team following eight-month internships. And we are very pleased to have Esther Praise Avor and Collins Nyarko with us on internships currently.
"Getting that first job in an exciting field like carbon capture and storage can be difficult with little work experience, which is why the Mitacs program has been so valuable for me to get my foot in the door and work on real-world CCS projects," says Puttipong (Bew) Tantikhajorngosol, a process specialist who earned a PhD in energy technology and a masters degree in chemical engineering in Thailand before completing a Master of Science from the University of Regina.
Bew and his colleagues presented a poster on the Knowledge Centre's work supporting Heidelberg Materials North America's pioneering CCS project at its Edmonton cement plant, and he even got to share his thoughts with members of the local media.
"I am very thankful for the opportunity I have had to work with and learn from some of the world's leading experts in CCS right here in Regina and with our clients and partners around the world," Bew said.
Read the full announcement on the PTRC's website.