Surface and Airborne Monitoring Technology for Detecting Geologic Leakage in a CO2-Enhanced Oil Recovery Pilot, Anadarko Basin, Texas Email Page
Print This Page
Performer: Oklahoma State University - GCFA
The Skywalker X8 platform will act as the UAV<br/>for sensor testing at the Farnsworth Site.
The Skywalker X8 platform will act as the UAV
for sensor testing at the Farnsworth Site.
Website: Oklahoma State University
Award Number: FE0012173
Project Duration: 10/01/2013 – 03/31/2017
Total Award Value: $2,257,965
DOE Share: $1,806,116
Performer Share: $451,849
Technology Area: Monitoring, Verification, Accounting, and Assessment
Key Technology: MVAA: Near Surface Monitoring
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma

Project Description

Oklahoma State University (OSU) is conducting a three-year research and development project that will develop and demonstrate an integrated monitoring system that is capable of directly detecting and quantifying seepage of CO2 and CH4 into the soil and atmosphere. The approach employs in-ground and surface sensors and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to collect data. OSU proposes to develop the CO2 and CH4 sensors and the UAV platform at OSU facilities. The integrated system will then be installed, tested, and optimized at a field site, the Farnsworth Unit (FWU), site of the Southwest Regional Partnership on Carbon Sequestration (SWP) Phase III field site.

Project Benefits

This project focuses on developing surface and airborne technologies for detecting possible CO2 leakage from storage sites. Better CO2 atmospheric (surface) monitoring methods allow project developers to more confidently and cost-effectively ensure that CO2 is permanently stored and improved monitoring will contribute to better storage technology thus reducing CO2 emissions to the atmosphere. Specifically, this project will develop new surface and airborne monitoring technologies utilizing infrared gas analyzers, and integrate them with ground-based sampling in order to improve accuracy while minimizing the number of sensors, thereby reducing labor and maintenance costs.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager William O'Dowd:
Technology Manager Traci Rodosta:
Principal Investigator Peter Clark:


Click to view Presentations, Papers, and Publications