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GTO and FE Announce Joint FY17 SubTER Lab Call Selections
July 10, 2017
Read about LBNL’s Hydraulic Fracture and Stimulation in a Deep Mine Investigation (kISMET) project. See the article posted on the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) website, “kISMET taps into vast heat resources” By Constance Walter, August 30, 2016.
DOE Announces SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity for Subsurface Technologies (posted August 24, 2016):
The Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES), in support of the DOE Office of the Under Secretary for Science and Energy’s Subsurface Technology and Engineering Research, Development and Demonstration (SubTER) Crosscut Initiative, announces a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding opportunity that seeks to develop advanced methods to access the subsurface.
While subsurface sources constitute the nation’s primary source of energy, providing more than 80 percent of total U.S. energy needs today, they are also critical to the nation’s low-carbon and secure energy future. Next generation advances in subsurface technologies will enable access to more than 100 gigawatt-electric of clean, renewable geothermal energy, as well as safer development of domestic natural gas supplies. The subsurface provides hundreds of years of safe storage capacity for carbon dioxide (CO2) and opportunities for environmentally responsible management and disposal of hazardous materials and other energy waste streams. These opportunities are directly linked to Administration priorities and to broader societal needs. Clean energy deployment and CO2 storage are critical components of the President’s Climate Action Plan and are necessary to meet the 2050 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 83 percent below 2005 levels. Thus, discovering and effectively harnessing subsurface resources while mitigating impacts of their development and use are critical pieces of the nation’s energy strategy moving forward.
Proposals selected (as a result of SubTER FOA DE-FOA-0001445) (posted July 27, 2016): “DOE Investing $11.5 Million to Advance Geologic Carbon Storage and Geothermal Exploration”
WASHINGTON – The The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of eight new research and development projects to receive a total of $11.5 million in federal funding under DOE’s Subsurface Technology and Engineering Research, Development, and Demonstration Crosscut initiative. The new projects are focused on furthering geothermal energy and carbon storage technologies, and will be funded by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) and the Office of Fossil Energy’s (FE) Carbon Storage program. READ MORE…
SubTER FOA Announced DE-FOA-0001445 (posted 3/8/2016): Development of Technologies for Sensing, Analyzing, and Utilizing Novel Subsurface Signals in Support of the Subsurface Technology and Engineering (SubTER) Crosscut Initiative
Read – EERE Blog: “Energy Under Our Feet: SubTER Initiative Taps into Geothermal’s Potential” (Website) (posted 3/8/2016). This article mentions the New SubTER FOA that was just announced. It also highlights NETL’s SubTER project, Multi Variate Examination of the Cause of Increasing Induced Seismicity (short description of project).
Scientists look into tracking carbon dioxide within a deep subsurface storage reservoir—and spotting possible leaks—using naturally generated Muon particles that penetrate the Earth.
Read the Fall 2015 ARMA eNewsletter (American Rock Mechanics Association) (posted 10/5/2015)
“This issue of the ARMA e-Newsletter is a particularly important one to our readers. In it you will find articles describing two new major initiatives undertaken by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), both of which have a strong rock mechanics/geomechanics component.
The SubTER (Subsurface Technology and Engineering Research, Development and Demonstration) initiative is intended to achieve adaptive control of subsurface fractures and fluid flow in order to radically improve subsurface energy production and waste storage strategies. One of the first projects supported by SubTER is kISMET, under which a hydraulic fracture and stimulation field laboratory is being established at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead, South Dakota, for research on permeability enhancement and induced seismicity in crystalline rock. kISMET is the subject of the article by Curtis Oldenburg (LBNL) and others.
The second initiative, DBD (Deep Borehole Disposal) is being considered by the US Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) as an alternative to a mined geological repository for small radioactive waste forms. Kristopher Kuhlman (SNL) describes in some detail the concept of disposing of such waste in a deep hole, the safety of deep hole storage, and the field test that is now in preparation, involving two 5 km deep holes.
These two major national projects are not only a shot in the arm for the American rock mechanics community, but they also highlight the importance of this field to our energy supply, national security
and general wellbeing.
Bezalel Haimson, Chair, ARMA Publications Committee”
Read the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) Monthly Newsletters (posted 8/31/20/15)
No upcoming events at this time.
AGU 2016, December 12-16, 2016, San Francisco, California
GSA 2016, September 25-28, 2016, Denver, Colorado
– Summary of SubTER-related events (pdf)
CoDA 2016, March 2-4, 2016, Santa Fe, New Mexico
– The Conference on Data Analysis, highlighted data-driven problems of interest to the Department of Energy. Talks and posters featured research from the Department of Energy national laboratories, academia, and industry. CoDA 2016 was hosted by the Statistical Sciences Group and the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
– The CoDA 2016 invited program explored six themes: Power Grid Data, Subsurface Modeling, Cyber Security, Data Analysis at Exascale, Multisource Data, Really Expensive Data.
Grand Challenges in Geological Fluid Mechanics, September 2-4, 2015, Santa Fe, New Mexico
A recent report from the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee identified five Grand Challenges in energy research, including the goal of “achieving environmental sustainability by understanding and utilizing the chemistry and fluid dynamics of the atmosphere.” However, energy sustainability and independence rely just as much on understanding the dynamics of subsurface flows. In particular, two viable ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions are to store carbon dioxide underground and to reduce dependence on fossil fuels by efficiently extracting shale gases from geological formations through hydraulic fracturing, for example. Both of these approaches remain challenging due to the complex thermo-hydro-mechanical-chemical coupled processes involved across multiple space and time scales. Several active areas of scientific research are currently attempting to analyze these difficult classes of problems. On the one had, table-top fluid mechanics experiments that can be successfully analyzed using mathematical techniques can help elucidate the relative importance of basic transport mechanisms (flow, capillarity, buoyancy, convection, dissolution, interfacial instabilities, etc.). At the same time, to achieve a level of realism in modeling, benchmarked multiphysics numerical simulations are required. To this end, mathematical models capable of capturing observational data and the behavior of coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical-chemical geological processes are needed to make the simulations useful. Both of these approaches need to be informed by practical knowledge of and experience with the subsurface geophysics of carbon sequestration and hydraulic fracturing.
The goal of this workshop is to survey the state of the art of the field and to bring together theory and practice. In doing so, it is expected that the workshop will catalyze and enable cross-cutting research at the interface of hydraulic fracturing, geothermal energy production, carbon capture and sequestration, nuclear waste disposal, and the evaluation and reduction of the environmental impact of these processes. It is expected that collaborations will be established between academia, industry and the Department of Energy complex.
This workshop focuses on digital rock physics techniques used to characterize petrophysical and mechanical properties across scales inferred from multi-‐scale images from (sub) pore-‐ to core scales and applications of 3D printing techniques to digital rock physics. Recent advances in 3D printing materials and techniques will be introduced to discuss the possibilities of bridging to recent advances in in-‐situ multi-‐scale imaging and modeling from pore to core scales. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, fluid flow and mechanical behaviors on 3D digital rock structures, technologies related to 3D printings of geo-‐materials, and their applications for upscaling. Future research initiatives will be discussed in developing constitutive laws for transport and geomechanics via digital rock physics.