$2.5M grant funds real-time monitoring of underground carbon sequestration

March 14, 2018

Researchers from Penn State, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the University of Texas at Austin are partnering on a new $2.5-million project to illuminate what happens to carbon dioxide during underground sequestration. The team will use seismic data collected through a novel real-time monitoring system to track the spread of carbon dioxide underground. The four-year project is being funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The main goal of carbon sequestration is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. Sequestration involves injecting carbon dioxide into a contained space for long-term storage. The project is investigating underground sequestration in a reservoir, such as a saltwater aquifer or a mineral deposit. At high pressure, carbon dioxide will fill up pore space in rocks or dissolve into saltwater, but researchers still do not have a clear picture of where the carbon dioxide migrates in a reservoir and whether it has a chance to leak out of the reservoir or injection well. <Read full article on Penn State News>