Fluids & Energy Group
CMI's Stephen Pacala and Michael Celia participate in BP Technology Documentary on Carbon Capture and Storage
Fossil fuels can be a part of a low-carbon energy economy if the carbon dioxide produced by burning coal, oil, and gas can be successfully captured and stored.
The Fluids & Energy Group is assessing the safety and effectiveness of one promising storage strategy-injecting CO2 into saline aquifers deep underground.
A key factor in underground carbon storage is the risk of leakage from wells that penetrate storage aquifers, particularly old wells in areas that have produced oil and gas. Simulation of carbon dioxide plumes and laboratory studies of well cement degradation are helping the Fluids & Energy Group evaluate that risk. Other research includes studies of mineral reactions in aquifers that may enhance carbon storage, and the potential effects of escaped CO2 on groundwater and vegetation.
Current Research Projects
- Field Investigations
- Large-Scale Simulations of CO2 Storage
- Dynaflow: Injection-Scale Simulations
- Bench-scale Experiments
- Pore-Scale Models
- Molecular Modeling
- Fluids & Energy Publications 2012