US DOE Launches Carbon Capture and Storage Simulation Initiative

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has created the Carbon Capture and Storage Simulation Initiative with an investment of up to $40 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

National Energy Technology Lab (NETL) and NETL’s Regional University Alliance (Carnegie Mellon University, Penn State University, University of Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia University) is partnering with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Los Alamos National Lab, Pacific Northwest National Lab, and Lawrence Livermore National Lab to develop validated, predictive simulation tools to accelerate the development and deployment of industrial carbon capture and storage technology.

This initiative will develop:

  1. a comprehensive, integrated suite of validated computational models for accelerating CO2 capture technology development and deployment, and
  2. a defensible, science-based methodology and tools that can be used to quantify residual risk and long-term liability at CO2 storage sites post-closure.

The efforts by the organizations build upon the efforts of DOE’s National Risk Assessment Partnership (NRAP). The CCS Simulation Initiative will allow NRAP to accelerate the development of a defensible, science-based methodology for quantifying and minimizing potential risks associated with long-term storage of CO2.

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