DOE-NETL’s Carbon Storage Technology Program

The goal of the U.S. Department of Energy-National Energy Technology Laboratory’s (DOE-NETL) Carbon Storage Program is to develop and advance carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies that will significantly improve the effectiveness of the technology, reduce the cost of implementation, and be ready for widespread commercial deployment in the 2025–2035 time frame. To achieve this goal, technical and economic barriers must be addressed with data, and information must be generated and communicated to inform regulators and industry on the safety and performance of CCS.

NETL capabilities have been created to pursue CCS goals in three technology component areas:

1) Advanced Storage Research and Development (R&D),

2) Storage infrastructure, and

3) Risk and Integration Tools.

Carbon Storage Program - NETL Research

NETL’s Carbon Storage Portfolio aims to develop before year 2035 technologies that ensure safe, secure, efficient, and cost-effective containment of CO2 in diverse onshore and offshore applications.  The portfolio consists of research activities, including laboratory experimentation, field work, and numerical modeling, to meet the research goals within DOE–NETL’s Carbon Storage Program. Carbon storage research objectives and approaches have been identified through detailed program reviews, systems analyses, emerging technology reviews, R&D activities, and discussions with stakeholders at all levels. Research at NETL will enable the development of technologies that will significantly improve safety and storage.

NETL's research is also designed to meet DOE-NETL's Carbon Storage Program's technical challenges:

1) Develop and validate storage reservoir risk assessment, management, and mitigation

2) Develop and validate technologies that can be used to ensure safe, secure, efficient, and cost-effective storage reservoir containment of CO2

3) Address commercialization challenges through “learning while doing” in field project(s)