DOE Selects LANS For Carbon Storage Research

This figure illustrates the geologic storage process and the different research efforts underway including tools designed to measure CO2 and its effects in the subsurface, the near-surface region, and the atmosphere. Data analyzed through acquisition of information from these tools may also be used to optimize injection operations, sweep efficiency, and identify possible unwanted CO2 migration pathways. Courtesy/DOE

DOE News:

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected Los Alamos National Security, LLC to receive funding to research new CO2 storage technologies devoted to intelligent monitoring systems and advanced well integrity and mitigation approaches through DOE’s Carbon Storage Program.

Los Alamos National Security LLC (Los Alamos, NM) will research technology to identify, characterize, and monitor leakage pathways using acoustic probes that use 3-D scanning of barrier systems to identify fracture defects in wellbore cement. Partners are the University of New Mexico, Sandia National Laboratory, and Chevron. The project will have total funding of

$1,323,866, of which $1,061,886 will come from DOE, and $267,000 is non-DOE funding.

The Carbon Storage Program advances the development and validation of technologies that enable safe, cost-effective, permanent geologic storage of CO2. The program also supports the development of best practices for commercial implementation of carbon capture and storage technologies. The technologies being developed and conducted through the program will benefit the existing and future fleet of fossil fuel power-generating facilities and other industrial CO2 sources.

The selected projects concentrate on three research priorities: (1) Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)-specific intelligent systems for monitoring, controlling, and optimizing CO2 injection operations, and (2) diagnostic tools and methods capable of characterizing borehole leakage pathways or fluid flow in existing wells; and (3) next-generation materials and methods for mitigating wellbore leakage

Other grant recipients:

  • The University of North Dakota Cost: DOE: $2,507,627 / Non-DOE: $696,600 / Total Funding: $3,204,227
  • The University of Texas at Austin Cost: DOE: $1,315,873 / Non-DOE: $346,354 / Total Funding: $1,662,227
  • Archer Daniels Midland Cost: DOE: $2,891,996 / Non-DOE: $728,897 / Total Funding: $3,620,893
  • Battelle Memorial Institute Cost: DOE: $1,149,327 / Non-DOE: $327,868 / Total Funding: $1,477,195
  • Montana State University Cost: DOE: $2,000,000 / Non-DOE: $518,750 / Total Funding: $2,518,750
  • C-Crete Technologies LLC Cost: DOE: $1,999,414 / Non-DOE: $499,960 / Total Funding: $2,499,374
  • The University of Colorado  (Sandia National Laboratories) is a partner in the project) Cost: DOE: $1,038,475 / Non-DOE: $261,525 / Total Funding: $1,300,000
  • The University of Virginia Cost: DOE: $609,639 / Non-DOE: $167,236 / Total Funding: $776,875


Shelley Martin, DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory, 304.285.0228,