CCS and Power Systems

Carbon Storage - Geologic Storage Technologies and Simulation and Risk Assessment


Consolidated Sequestration Research Project


Performer: LBNL - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Project No: FWP-ESD09-056


Program Background and Project Benefits

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is developing carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies to capture, separate, and store carbon dioxide (CO2) in order to reduce green-house gas emissions without adversely influencing energy use or hindering economic growth. Carbon sequestration technologies remove CO2 by injecting and permanently storing it in underground geologic formations.

Some of the most promising techniques for carbon storage involve injecting CO2 into geologic formations or for use in terrestrial applications. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), one of DOE’s national laboratories for science and engineering research, is working on a series of tasks aimed at advancing the stateof- the-science of geologic sequestration by conducting research studies on key topics critical to the success of geologic sequestration. Consistent with NETL’s mission, LBNL plans to develop the knowledge base needed to accelerate commercialization of geologic carbon sequestration (GCS) by identifying and removing barriers to sequestration through targeted research.

NETL is providing funding to LBNL for the Consolidated Sequestration Research Project (CSRP). CSRP is a combination of several previously independent Geologic Carbon Sequestration (GCS) research efforts along with a new risk assessment project. This research is attractive to industry because the CSRP program is addressing key uncertainties and technology needs for successful commercial scale deployment. The CSRP combines fundamental geological sequestration research and pilot scale programs with risk and basin-scale impact assessment projects. The final CSRB deliverables will vary for each task, but includes DOE milestones and reports, along with dissemination of research results including field and laboratory data through peer-reviewed publications, and public presentations.

The comprehensive products of the CSRP will differ for each task, but ultimately embrace Department of Energy (DOE) goals and objectives for the CCS program, milestones, field and lab data collection, peer-reviewed publications, and public presentations. The carbon sequestration community will benefit from a close working relationship with numerous domestic and foreign industrial and academic teams as well as through interactions with and assistance given to other regional projects; and by publications and presentations made available to all parties interested in removing barriers to commercial-scale geologic carbon sequestration.


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