Navigation Links
Virginia Tech Coal and Energy Center selected for study of CO2 injection into storage reservoirs
Date:7/11/2011

Blacksburg, Va., July 11, 2011 In a test project, researchers plan to inject some 20,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) into a coalbed methane field in southwest Virginia, at a site that is not suitable for underground mining purposes.

A cadre of government and private companies, led by the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research located at Virginia Tech http://www.energy.vt.edu/, will be involved in the injection and subsequent monitoring. Some $11,500,000 in funding for this four-year project is coming from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and is part of a portfolio of projects aimed at achieving a better understanding of the effect of CO2 on geologic formations.

"The proposed research will test the ability to inject CO2 into coal seams that cannot be mined, as well as the potential to enhance the coalbed methane recovery," said Michael Karmis (http://www.mining.vt.edu/facultystaff/karmis.htm), the director of the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research and the Stonie Barker Chaired Professor of Mining and Minerals Engineering at Virginia Tech.

The project is based on a number of previously successful studies that have identified promising methods for storing CO2 in stacked underground reservoirs, and the ability to sequester the CO2, identified as a contributor to global warming, in the coal seams.

Research is ongoing as to which coal seams are good disposal sites and the conditions under which the impounded CO2 would remain stable.

For example, previous studies have indicated geologic formations in Central Appalachia are promising for storage and carbon sequestration. Results from these studies are the basis for the proposed work by Karmis and his colleagues. "However, limited experience with injection into coal, tight sandstone, and organic-rich shales in Central Appalachia makes commercial potential uncertain at this time," Karmis said.

The grant to Karmis and his team is part of a larger effort recently announced by the DOE. On July 6, the federal agency released its intent to expand its efforts in insuring long-term geologic carbon dioxide storage is safe and environmentally secure with more than $45 million being devoted to these efforts.

The other two new DOE projects will allow Blackhorse Energy LLC of Houston, Texas and the University of Kansas Center for Research to perform similar studies.

In Virginia, Karmis will document the efforts and record the work into a best practices manual for carbon dioxide capture and storage activities. The manual is intended to help reduce storage risk by documenting the uncertainties related to these activities. Also, project data will be incorporated in the National Carbon Sequestration Database and Geographical Information System, an interactive online tool that integrates a wealth of information on worldwide efforts to deploy carbon capture and storage technology.

Carbon capture and storage is the process of capturing greenhouse gases from large stationary sources, such as power plants, and storing them in ways that prevent their release to the atmosphere, and is a key element in national efforts to mitigate climate change.


'/>"/>

Contact: Lynn Nystrom
tansy@vt.edu
540-231-4371
Virginia Tech
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. First whole-genome lung cancer study by TGen and Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center set for conference
2. TGen, Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center scientist heads lung cancer consortium
3. Virginia Tech mechanical engineers win measurement science best paper award
4. Virginia Tech announces football helmet ratings for reducing concussion risk
5. Young scientist at Virginia Commonwealth University wins Avanti prize
6. Virginia Tech forest researcher awarded NSF early career grant
7. Virginia Tech researcher seeks to use electrical stimulation to give voice to stroke patients
8. Virginia Tech shares in grant to study effects of climate change on southern pine forests
9. Virginia Tech engineer identifies new concerns for antibiotic resistance, pollution
10. Virginia Tech engineers introduce thermotherapy as a chemotherapy alternative
11. USDA awards Virginia Tech $3.8 million to stimulate eastern US wine industry
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Virginia Tech Coal and Energy Center selected for study of CO2 injection  into storage reservoirs
(Date:2/9/2016)... Aware, Inc. (NASDAQ: AWRE ), a leading supplier ... fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2015.  ... of 2015 was $6.9 million, an increase of 61% compared to ... the fourth quarter of 2015 was $2.6 million compared to $0.2 ... --> --> Higher revenue and operating income in ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... February 8, 2016 Worldcore ... which presents innovation for clients, comfort and unbeatable ... VoiceKey. --> Worldcore is the ... for clients, comfort and unbeatable security, with a ... Worldcore is the first EU-regulated ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... 2016 The field of Human Microbiome ... most popular hubs of the biotechnology industry. While ... studies of human microbiota, have garnered a lot ... microbiome space has literally exploded in terms of ... report focuses on biomedical aspects of research, development, ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/10/2016)... Springfield, MO (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 ... ... company, will attend the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) Rocky Mountain Chapter ... of ISPE is expecting to fill more than 100 tables for its annual ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... Curoverse ... Azure. On Azure, Arvados provides capabilities for managing and processing genomic and health ... Azure from major institutions collecting and analyzing genomic data,” said Adam Berrey chief ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... February 09, 2016 , ... With a presidential election in ... Care Business Conference will bring together over 500 top healthcare leaders for a night ... transformation. The conference, organized by MBA students of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... February 09, 2016 , ... Clinovo , the cloud-based ... Electronic Data Capture (EDC) system ClinCaptureand its new Contract Research Organization (CRO) Partner ... Conference in San Mateo, California on February 10th and 11th. Watch 2-min ...
Breaking Biology Technology: