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  • Co-optimized enhanced oil and gas recovery with sequestration

    There is great potential for synergy between the geologic storage and the enhanced production of hydrocarbons from oil reservoirs, gas shales, and coal-gas reservoirs, but many questions remain.  Learn more

  • Geochemical Processes and Permanent Storage

    Geochemical processes are among the least understood processes in carbon storage. They may adversely impact projects through alteration of the integrity of a cap rock, or decreased injectivity, or benefit storage through mineralization of carbon dioxide to carbonate rocks providing the highest level of security possible. Learn more

  • Monitoring

    Monitoring of CO2 sequestration projects for quantification and assurance of storage security is essential for the commercial deployment of this technology.  Both traditional geophysical and novel non-seismic techniques need to be developed that allow for the quantitative observation of CO2 in the subsurface at precisions higher than currently exist. Learn More

  • Improved Process Modeling for Design, Operation, and Risk Assessment

    Modeling is essential to both understanding underlying physical phenomena in the geologic storage of CO2 and for optimization in the design, operation, and risk assessment of large storage projects.  Within this research theme topics will include the observation of important physical parameters of the CO2/water system. Learn More

  • Annual Review Meeting, May 2012

    The first research review meeting was held on May 10th, 2012. Learn more

  • CO2-EOR & Storage Workshop

    The annual workshop and short course were held on January 23-24th, 2013. Learn More

Welcome to SCCS

Carbon storage refers to the set of technologies developed to inject captured carbon dioxide (CO2) gas in deep geological formations for long term storage. It is a potential means of mitigating the contribution of fossil fuel emissions to global warming. There are unanswered fundamental scientific questions that must be addressed for more efficient implementation of large-scale projects of geological CO2 storage and sequestration within the next several decades. Stanford Center for Carbon Storage (SCCS) was established in 2011. SCCS investigates questions related to enhanced recovery of oil and gas combined with CO2 storage, mixed gas injection processes, the development of monitoring technologies for all classes of geological storage, the characterization of both near-well and distal geochemical processes during CO2 injection, and computational optimization of the design and operation of large projects.

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Tony Kovscek Named to the Beal Chair

Prof. Tony Kovscek has been appointed to the Keleen and Carlton Beal Professorship. Previous holders of this honor are Profs. Lynn Orr and Hank Ramey. Congratulations Tony!

Relative permeability for multi-phase flow in CO2 storage reservoirs.

This report, prepared for by the Global CCS Institute by a consortium of research organizations led by Stanford University presents an assessment of fundamental issues pertaining to the relative permeability of brine and carbon dioxide (CO2) systems.

NSF CAREER award for Tiziana Vanorio

Tiziana Vanorio, assistant professor of Geophysics in Stanford's School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences has received a National Science Foundation award.