Project overview

Carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) can reduce the environmental impacts of our energy supply.

Because of the large scale and inertia of our electric power system, significant changes in the power mix will take decades to achieve. CCS can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-fuel power generation in the interim, giving renewable power sources time to expand.

Also, in a future electricity grid powered largely by renewable resources, there will be need for constant, reliable baseload power generation. CCS could help provide this power with minimal greenhouse gas impacts.

This learning laboratory brought together researchers from across Stanford University's School of Earth Sciences to work on a variety of topics associated with integrated, full-scale CCS projects. The motivating example for our research efforts is the Two Elk Energy Park, a power generation project in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming.

The Wyoming CCS project has been completed. Please see the Environmental Assessment and Optimization group site for current work in this area.

Find out more about our prior work on this project see the links below:






Open coal seam

Restored land

Coal mining

Photos: Sally Benson, Adam Brandt


For information, contact Adam Brandt

Updated: December 2, 2009