Geologic Carbon Sequestration Program

EESA Scientists Leverage Machine Learning to Connect Measurements of Shale Across Scales

  EESA Scientists were able to use the new synchrotron Infrared Nano Spectroscopy (SINS) capability at Advanced Light Source. Above: Diagrams of the setup of (a) the Germanium-hemisphere enhanced attenuated total reflection (Ge micro-ATR) and (b) the resonance enhanced SINS.   Berkeley Lab scientists have identified a way to use machine learning to connect fine-…

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Scientists Unveil New Version of Popular Flow-Simulation Tool

Scientists from the Energy Geosciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) have released the latest version of TOUGH (Transport Of Unsaturated Groundwater and Heat), a suite of software codes used worldwide to simulate nonisothermal multiphase flow and transport in fractured and porous media. TOUGH3 builds on the impressive legacy of its TOUGH predecessors, which…

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New EESA Study Indicates Greater Capacity for Carbon Storage in the Subsurface

New research from the Energy Geosciences Division at Berkeley Lab shows that carbon dioxide can penetrate the inner layers of some non-swelling clay minerals which make up the dominant clays in the Earth's deep subsurface. Results of the work performed at the Center for Nanoscale Controls on Geologic CO2 (NCGC) and the national lab’s Molecular Foundry could help inform practices intended to help limit carbon dioxide emissions, such as carbon capture and storage (CCS) and enhanced oil recovery (EOR).

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The Puzzle to Plugging the Worst Natural Gas Release in History

By the time Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) scientists Barry Freifeld and Curt Oldenburg visited the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in December 2015, the SS-25 well blowout had been leaking natural gas into the air for more than six weeks. The notoriously strong winds at Aliso Canyon carried the natural gas and its…

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Underground Science with kISMET


Berkeley Lab is leading a SubTER project, called kISMET to develop an underground observatory and to conduct integrated experiments and geophysical imaging and focus on investigating stress measurement and fracture stimulation with borehole monitoring to characterize relations between stress, induced fractures, and rock fabric

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Berkeley Lab to Develop Exascale Simulator to Assess Earthquake Hazard and Risk

“High Performance, Multidisciplinary Simulations for Regional Scale Seismic Hazard and Risk Assessments” is one of two Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), Earth and Environmental Sciences Area-led projects recently selected by the DOE Exascale Computing Project (ECP) to be funded at about $3M over the next three years. The project will be led by David…

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Berkeley Lab to Lead Development of Exascale Subsurface Simulator

David Trebotich and Carl Steefel stand in front of Cori

“An Exascale Subsurface Simulator of Coupled Flow, Transport, Reactions and Mechanics” is one of two Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), Earth and Environmental Sciences Area-led projects recently selected by the Department of Energy (DOE) Exascale Computing Project (ECP) to be funded at $10M over the next four years. Berkeley Lab Principal Investigator, Carl Steefel…

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The BEST Field Projects Selected to Improve Water Management and Conservation

Example of 3D View permeability at TIW-1 relief well for BEST project.

Earlier in June, the Department of Energy announced the selection of two Brine Extraction Storage Test (BEST) field projects that will test enhanced water recovery technologies for their potential to produce useable water from carbon dioxide (CO2) storage sites. The projects are set to receive funding managed by the Department’s National Energy Technology Laboratory’s (NETL)…

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Birkholzer is IJGGC’s new Associate Editor for CO2 Geologic Storage

Jens Birkholzer, hydrogeologist and Division Director of Energy Geosciences, has joined the editorial board of the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control (IJGGC) as the Associate Editor for CO2 geological storage. As an associate editor, Birkholzer will ensure that the scientific quality and impact of the journal remains high. His research interests in evaluating the…

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