Celia Darcy Lecture

During Calendar Year 2008, Professor Celia was the Darcy Distinguished Lecturer for the National Ground Water Association. Professor Celia presented the lecture titled “Geological Storage as a Carbon Mitigation Option” to 52 different venues, mostly universities, across 12 countries and 4 continents. Details about the lecture, including a copy of the slides used in the final presentation can be found on Professor Celia’s home page:

Overall the lecture was attended by about 4,000 individuals, and in each of the lectures CMI, BP, and Ford were acknowledged explicitly. In August Professor Celia also gave a public lecture in Malaysia, which was attended by close to 1,000 people. This was not the Darcy lecture but addressed similar issues related to energy, carbon mitigation, and the role of CCS. Note that the website includes a manuscript associated with that lecture as well as other materials related to CCS and activities at Princeton.

During 2008 Professor Celia visited BP Sunbury in July and BP Houston in October. During the July visit Prof. Celia presented a modified version of the Darcy lecture via web connection to other BP offices. It was also during that visit that Max Watson asked for a simple version of the group’s analytical solutions for performing calculations. He asked for a spreadsheet version, but the team instead created a web-based version of the simplest solutions. The web version is still being tested but can be found at http://monty.princeton.edu/~mark/InjSim2. This web-based version of the group’s simple solutions was further motivated by a meeting at Princeton in September with researchers from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where the desire for such tools was reiterated. During this meeting, Professors Celia and Nordbotten also gave a web seminar that was broadcast to different EPA offices across the U.S.

In response to the release by the E.P.A. of draft guidelines for CCS injection wells, Professor Celia was part of a committee formed by the National Ground Water Association to respond to the proposed regulations. The committee ultimately put together more than 200 pages of responses, including a set of white papers. NGWA has also been active in meeting with Congressional representatives on issues related to CCS and protection of ground water resources.


IEA Summer School

Princeton was well represented with 4 PhD students from the Storage Group – Benjamin Court, Brian Ellis, Ed Matteo, and Juan Nogues – at the 2008 IEA GHG CCS Summer School on Vancouver Island. The IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEA GHG) Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Summer School is designed to offer students – primarily PhD students and postdocs – the opportunity to enhance their understanding of CCS implementation and technology, as well as develop network contacts in the CCS Community. Approximately 60 students from over 20 countries and a diversity of disciplines were selected from over one hundred applicants to attend the Summer School.

Dozens of CCS industry experts were invited speakers who presented overviews of capture, transport and storage of carbon dioxide, as well the economic, regulatory, and social aspect of CCS implementation. The Princeton students also applied their knowledge of CCS by working in teams to answer questions related to the implementation of CCS, including

  • How can CCS be applied to small and medium scale sources?
  • What is required for large scale CCS deployment?
  • Can CCS be part of an integrated, sustainable, and secure energy system?
  • Is CCS a viable option for developing nations? (selected as “Best Presentation”)\

The group presentations were the culmination of the week’s activities and exposed the students to working on complex problems within a group that is both interdisciplinary and of an international constituency. The full agenda for the week’s activities, including technical presentations and the group presentations can be found at the following link: