US DOE Carbon Storage Atlas — 5th Edition

US DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory

[From Press Release] The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) today released the fifth edition of theCarbon Storage Atlas (Atlas V), which shows prospective carbon dioxide (CO2) storage resources of at least 2,600 billion metric tons – an increase over the findings of the 2012 Atlas.

Atlas V is a coordinated update of carbon storage resources, activities, and large-scale field projects in the United States. It showcases the progress that NETL scientists and engineers have made with their partners toward wide-scale deployment of carbon storage technologies.  It also underscores the importance of the research partnerships and projects that are increasing our understanding of safe, permanent geologic storage of CO2.

Atlas V highlights potential CO2 storage resources in saline formations, oil and natural gas reservoirs, and unmineable coal seams. This edition also presents a detailed look at the Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership Initiative’s large-scale field projects. These large-scale field projects are uniquely tailored to address technical and non-technical challenges within their respective regions, an approach which has proved to be highly effective.

For each large-scale field project, Atlas V provides a summary of approaches taken, technologies validated, and lessons learned in carrying out key aspects of a CCS project: site characterization; risk assessment; simulation and modeling; monitoring, verification, accounting, and assessment; site operations; and public outreach. These efforts collectively contribute to the development of regional carbon management plans.  They also aid in regulatory development, as well as help determine appropriate infrastructure for CCS commercialization in each region.

The refined CO2 storage estimate of 2,600 billion metric tons reported in Atlas V represents an increase over the 2,380 billion metric tons reported in the previous edition, The United States 2012 Carbon Utilization and Storage Atlas (Atlas IV)…


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