Clemson University researchers and their partners at Georgia Institute of Technology, UNAVCO and Grand Resources Inc. received a $1.25 million award from the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop technology to improve the ability to monitor and safeguard geologic carbon storage.
Geologic carbon storage involves the injection of carbon dioxide (CO2) into underground formations that have the ability to securely contain the CO2.
“The underground formations expand during injection, much like your chest expands when you take a breath of air,” said Lawrence Murdoch, principal investigator and professor of environmental engineering and earth sciences at Clemson. “Monitoring tiny movements, or strains, associated with this expansion can be used to determine where the CO2 is going and to assess the likelihood that problems may arise that cause leakage.”
Instruments and computations will be tested on shallow wells on the Clemson campus, but ultimately the technology will be tested at Avant Oil Field in Oklahoma.
“The ultimate goal of our project is to make CO2 storage cheaper and safer,” Murdoch said.