Project No: FWP-ESD09-056
Performer: LBNL - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Traci Rodosta
Carbon Storage Technology Manager
National Energy Technology Laboratory
3610 Collins Ferry Road
P.O. Box 880
Morgantown, WV 26507

Karen Kluger
Project Manager
National Energy Technology Laboratory
P.O. Box 10940
Pittsburgh, PA 15236

Barry Freifeld
Principal Investigator
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1 Cyclotron Road – 90R1116
Berkeley, CA 94720

Award Date:  10/01/2009
Project Date:  09/30/2014

DOE Share: $12,826,061.00
Performer Share: $0.00
Total Award Value: $12,826,061.00

Performer website: LBNL - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory -

Carbon Storage - Geologic Storage Technologies and Simulation and Risk Assessment

Consolidated Sequestration Research Project

Project Description

LBNL will work on a series of individual tasks with the common goal of advancing the science of geological sequestration through state-of-the-art research. The various tasks address DOE program goals to accelerate deployment of and reduce barriers to commercial-scale geologic carbon sequestration. Researching large-scale CO2 geological storage will further improve our understanding of the potential impacts of carbon dioxide sequestration on groundwater resources. In addition, the research team will assess storage capacity and regulation by developing pressure management schemes for storage capacity enhancement and CO2 leakage remediation, should it be necessary. Project tasks include project management; identifying ways to improve predictions of injectivity and capacity of saline formations and depleted gas reservoirs; and testing and implementing innovative, high-resolution methods for monitoring CO2 in the subsurface. Other tasks include researching elements of risk assessment, using modeling and simulation techniques, measuring large scale impacts of geological storage, and collaborative projects to obtain information gained through global partnerships. A detailed description of each task is listed below:

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.