Geological storage of captured carbon dioxide as a large-scale carbon mitigation option

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Abstract

Carbon capture and storage (CCS), involves capture of CO2 emissions from power plants and other large stationary sources and subsequent injection of the captured CO2 into deep geological formations. This is the only technology currently available that allows continued use of fossil fuels while simultaneously reducing emissions of CO2 to the atmosphere. Although the subsurface injection and subsequent migration of large amounts of CO2 involve a number of challenges, many decades of research in the earth sciences, focused on fluid movement in porous rocks, provides a strong foundation on which to analyze the system. These analyses indicate that environmental risks associated with large CO2 injections appear to be manageable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3527-3533
Number of pages7
JournalWater Resources Research
Volume53
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Water Science and Technology

Keywords

  • CCS and risk assessment
  • carbon capture and storage
  • carbon mitigation
  • geologic carbon storage
  • low-carbon energy systems
  • multiphase flow in porous media

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