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Verification of CO2 Storage in Coal Beds

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 95453
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 24 b
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-03-18
Small Business Information
7204 Via Vico
San Jose, CA 95129
United States
DUNS: 010038006
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Sergio Zarantonello
 (408) 234-5134
Business Contact
 Sergio Zarantonello
Title: Dr.
Phone: (408) 234-5134
Research Institution
 Stanford University
 Jerry Harris
School of Earth Sciences Mitchell Building, Room 355
Stanford, CA 94305
United States

 (650) 723-0496
 Nonprofit College or University

The injection and storage of captured CO2 in coal beds has been suggested as a strategy to reduce industrial emissions of CO2 into the atmosphere. The sequestration process involves the adsorption by coal of injected CO2 and an associated desorption of CH4 whose production can partially offset the operational cost. The acceptance of this strategy depends on: the ability to effectively monitor the sequestration process for risk assessment (e.g. potential leaks), and the ability to verify the amounts of CO2 that are presumed stored. The proposed project addresses these issues. In the Phase I project we will: (1) investigate the feasibility of an interdisciplinary procedure for verification of CO2 storage in coal beds using time-lapse seismic images generated from spatially sparse but temporarily frequent arrays, and (2) lay the foundation for integrating image super-resolution, rock physics, reservoir simulation, history matching, and mathematical optimization technologies in this procedure, which will be expanded, fully implemented, and corroborated with field data, in Phase II. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: The market for Oil and gas seismic services is about $7 Billion. The market for related software is about $2 Billion. Pending legislation for carbon capture and sequestration, we expect a similar market to develop and grow for monitoring and verification assessment of geologic storage of CO2. The technologies developed in the proposed project will also have a market in the Oil & Gas industry, and in environmental and geotechnical applications. Primary and first market entry will however be for monitoring and verification of carbon storage, an important market since it will be applied to critical U.S. energy sources such as coal fired power plants, gas fired power plants, and oil refineries.

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