The quest for clean, renewable energy is one of the most important scientific challenges of our time. From vast wind farms to technology that harnesses the power of waves, there are many promising alternatives currently being researched. Until their capabilities are fully developed, however, much of the world will continue to rely on traditional fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas, resulting in higher levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide linked with global climate change.
The Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium is one of seven national research partnerships working to find a balance between our growing energy needs and rising climate concerns by capturing carbon dioxide created in energy production and industrial processes and storing it safely underground in natural geological formations. The MGSC is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy through the National Energy Technology Laboratory via the Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership Program and by a cost share agreement with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Coal Development, through the Illinois Clean Coal Institute.
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MGSC researchers join ISO/TC 265 US Technical Advisory Group
Sallie Greenberg and Scott Frailey were recently selected to be members of the US Technical Advisory Group (TAG) ISO/TC 265 - Carbon Dioxide Capture, Transportation, and Geological Storage. ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies. The work of preparing International Standards is normally carried out through ISO technical committees. International organizations, governmental and non-governmental, in liaison with ISO, also take part in the work. ISO/TC 265 is the ISO technical committee developing standards for carbon dioxide capture, transportation and geological storage; this includes all standards related to capturing CO2 from large stationary point sources and storing it in suitable underground formations to prevent it from entering the atmosphere. As a member of the ISO/TC 265, Sallie Greenberg traveled to the China University of Petroleum – Beijing (CUPB), Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute on September 23, 2013 to participate in meetings of Working Group 5 – Cross-Cutting Issues and the general ISO TC-265 meeting. Scott Frailey participated in a meeting for Working Group 3 – Storage in Toronto, Canada on September 18, 2013.
Illinois Basin – Decatur Project Recent Activities
Since June 2013, MGSC has installed four surface seismic stations at the Illinois Basin – Decatur Project site. The stations are designed to detect surface waves and related phenomena that may be detectable as injection continues at the site. A fifth station will be installed at Richland Community College as part of the adjacent Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage project. Schlumberger Carbon Services carried out a project to delete the reflection multiples in the 3D seismic volume covering the IBDP and results appear to be successful. The resulting volume was used for another iteration of the seismic inversion for porosity in the Mt. Simon Sandstone. No seismically resolvable faults were noted in the new volume as a result of deletion of multiples. Presentations were made at the annual DOE regional partnerships meeting in Pittsburgh in August, and preparations were made for the International Energy Agency review in November 2013 with the submittal of the required Project Information Form for the MGSC.
2013 Midwest Carbon Sequestration Science Conference
October 7-9, 2013
The Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC), the Sequestration Training and Education Program (STEP) and Schlumberger Carbon Services recently hosted the third Midwest Carbon Sequestration Science Conference in Champaign, IL on October 7-9, 2013.
The three-day conference began with a STEP-sponsored workshop on financial assurance conducted by Ms. Chiara Trabucchi, Industrial Economics, Inc. The Financial Assurance 101 Workshop provided an overview of financial assurance with specific focus on the regulations underpinning the UIC Class VI well operator. The workshop concluded with a panel discussion featuring financial, technical and industry perspectives on issues related to pre-operational, operational, and post-operational liabilities in the geologic storage of carbon dioxide. The second day of the conference showcased current research by IBDP partners and was organized around three main themes: Reservoir and Basin Framework, Integrated Insights and Increased Storage Scale. Each session featured in-depth scientific presentations and closed with an interactive panel discussion with Q&A. The third day of the conference included a guided field trip to the IBDP project site at the Archer Daniels Midland Company in Decatur. At the well site, participants viewed real-time well data from the RTAC data collection system; were taken to the verification well to view on-going MVA activities; and were taken to the compression and dehydration facilities within the ADM complex.
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