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A broad range of fundamental scientific questions must be addressed to consider implementation of large-scale projects of geological CO2 storage and sequestration within the next several decades. Building upon the successful CO2 storage research undertaken over the past eight years in the Global Climate and Energy Project, twelve Stanford professors from the Departments of Energy Resources Engineering, Geological and Environmental Sciences and Geophysics have established a new research consortium: The Stanford Center for Carbon Storage (SCCS) investigates questions related to sequestration in saline aquifers and shale and coal formations, as well as in mature or depleted oil and gas reservoirs as part of enhanced recovery/sequestration/storage projects.

This collaborative and multidisciplinary effort addresses critical questions related to flow physics and chemistry, simulation of the transport and fate of CO2 in geologic media, rock physics, geophysical monitoring, and geomechanics.

  • Multiphase flow physics of CO2/water/oil systems: relative permeability, residual trapping, surface tension parameterization
  • The characterization of pore-scale processes: capillary trapping,bubble dissolution and exsolution
  • Upscaling of unstable flows and path dependent processes: gravity currents, fingering, chemical reactions
  • Reservoir simulations of CO2-water-oil systems
  • Reservoir engineering for large injection projects: managing pressure buildup and induced seismicity, maximizing residual trapping, stratigraphic trap utilization, optimization of combined EOR-sequestration systems
  • CO2 injection into tight rocks and coal-beds: micropermeability, enhanced gas recovery, gas adsorption, the integrity of caprocks
  • Geomechanical impacts of CO2 injection
  • Geophysical monitoring of CO2 in the subsurface
  • Chemical reactions in rock-CO2-water-oil systems and sequestration of CO2 in the solid phase.
  • Hybrid schemes utilizing CO2 for reservoir stimulation, enhanced recovery and carbon storage in shale gas formations