Research Goals

Carbon Storage Permanence Technology

  • Develop and validate technologies to ensure 99 percent storage permanence
  • Reduce uncertainty and risk, provide a field-validated commercial toolbox, provide regulators a technical foundation for producing science-based regulations, and enable operators to meet regulatory requirements

Reservoir Storage Efficiency Technology and Containment Effectiveness

  • Develop technologies to improve reservoir storage efficiency while ensuring containment effectiveness
  • Develop, field test, and facilitate the integration of carbon storage technologies to demonstrate secure containment and enable safe and cost-effective management of the subsurface storage resource

Predicting CO2 Storage Capacity in Geological Formations

  • Support industry’s ability to predict CO2 storage capacity in geologic formations to within ±30 percent
  • Facilitate public, industry, and international community awareness and understanding of research and development (R&D) results

Carbon Storage Best Practices

  • Develop Best Practice Manuals (BPMs) for Monitoring, Verification, and Accounting (MVA); site screening, selection, and initial characterization; public outreach; well management activities; and risk analysis and simulation.

Subsurface Perspective of Carbon Storage

Summary of Combined Research Goals

  • Determine geochemical and geomechanical impacts on storage for potential, injectivity, wellbore security, storage permeance
  • Track CO2 plume and pressure front in the deep subsurface
  • Evaluate impacts to groundwater aquifers and atmosphere
  • Evaluate onshore and offshore CO2 storage cost scenarios and refine systems for saline, residual oil zones (ROZs), and oil & gas reservoirs
  • Economic review and analysis of CCUS technology and deployment, including Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) support
  • Refine methods for storage estimation
  • Develop and maintain carbon storage relevant data resources