Sean McCoySean T. McCoy

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Engineering and Public Policy
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213

+33 (0)1 40 57 67 07

I hold an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) at Carnegie Mellon University. Since May 2011, I have also been an Energy Analyst in the carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology group at the International Energy Agency in Paris, France. In CCS, carbon dioxide (CO2) is captured fromĀ a large point source, such as a refinery or power plant, compressed, and transported to a suitable location where it is injected into a geological formation (i.e., porous rock) deep underground.

I work primarily on policy issues related to CCS technology (e.g., design of policies to drive CCS deployment, impacts of innovation on emissions reductions potential), but also deal regularly with topics in other areas such as CO2-flood enhanced oil recovery (EOR), and generation technology options for future electricity markets. I am mainly interested in issues at the intersection of energy and the environment, such as those relating to lifecycle impacts of fossil fuel use, water-use for energy technologies, and adaptation to climate change. I also have a growing interest in the way that researchers interact with policy makers (and those that support them) to develop technology and energy policy.

Prior to the IEA, I was the project manager for the CCS Regulatory Project, referred to as CCSReg. The CCSReg project was a collaborative project to design a regulatory framework for carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) in the United States. The results of the project were published in a monograph by RFF Press in 2013.

I received my Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in May 2008. In my PhD dissertation (PDF), I developed a set of engineering and economic models and used them to analyze the economics of carbon sequestration under different circumstances. These models are designed to complement the Integrated Environmental Control Model (IECM), also developed at Carnegie Mellon. If you would like access to the models, please email me.

Feel free to take a look at my CV (PDF), and for those wearing tin foil hats, my public key is available here.

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