Capturing CO2 at large industrial plants and storing it underground in deep geological layers is a top priority in the race to significantly reduce atmospheric emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG), thus helping to mitigate climate change and ocean acidification. By storing CO2 underground, the carbon released through burning coal, oil and gas is returned back to where it was extracted, rather than released into the atmosphere.
Since the 90’s, a huge research effort on CO2 geological storage, especially in Europe, has led to significant outcomes and the technology has now reached a transition stage between research and worldwide deployment. There is now a need to assess the progress made, to bridge gaps between industry and research, to spread the results to a larger community of scientists and to train young engineers and researchers.
The aim of this conference is therefore to draw conclusions from the last decades of research and to outline the future challenges to be faced along the road to industrial implementation.
The interlinked presentations will unroll as follows:
Firstly, a run-through of the characteristics of a good site for geological storage and how to select such sites (day 1), then the modelling techniques available to determine the behaviour of CO2 in the reservoir (day 2), and consequently how to assess the risks linked to geological storage (day 3), followed by how to monitor a storage site (day 4). Finally, a summary of the whole process of a CO2 geological storage project, from design through injection to closure and then abandonment, will be given (day 5). In addition, two sessions will focus on current and planned industrial demonstrations worldwide (days 2 and 4).
At the end of each day, an open discussion session will enable participants to raise specific issues and to take on a broader perspective of the whole process.