The total value of the projects is about $17.6 million over three years, with $13.8 million of DOE funding and $3.8 million of non-federal cost sharing.
The selected projects have been awarded in two areas of interest: geomechanical research and fractured reservoir and seal behavior.
Geomechanical research project awards include:
- University of Wyoming: Studying the effects of CO2 storage on geomechanical, petrophysical and other reservoir properties.
- Clemson University: Evaluating the feasibility of measuring and interpreting the physical state and properties of rock formations under stress.
- University of Texas at Austin: Developing a geomechanical screening tool for reservoirs to assess geomechanical processes and conditions related to CO2 storage.
- Northern Illinois University: Developing a risk assessment for a simulated industrial-scale CCS injection project.
- Battelle Memorial Institute: Evaluating the stress-strain setting of the midwestern United States.
- Pennsylvania State University: Studying the geophysical and mineralogical controls on fracture failure in induced seismic events.
- Sandia Technologies: Developing geomechanical characterization methodologies by combining laboratory rock core testing with downhole tools that determine the strength of rock formations.
- Montana State University: Studying the geomechanical conditions at the Big Sky Regional Partnership Phase III Kevin Dome large-scale field project.
- Colorado School of Mines: Developing an approach to understand and predict geomechanical effects from large-scale CO2 injections with laboratory rock analysis and models.
Fractured Reservoir and Seal Behavior project awards include the following:
- Princeton University: Developing new modeling capabilities for simulation of CO2 and brine migration in fractured reservoirs.
- Colorado School of Mines: Developing tools to identify damaged shale caprock along with a method to determine CO2 migration through the caprock.
- Washington University, St. Louis: Advancing the understanding of fractured basalt reservoirs and the impact basalt structure and chemistry has on flow and mineral trapping of injected CO2.
- University of Texas at Austin: Developing and validating geomechanical models based on chemical-mechanical interactions to evaluate fracture growth at the reservoir-caprock interface.
In addition, large-scale carbon capture and storage projects worldwide are set to make significant progress this year, including two projects that will begin operations in North America.
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