Geophysical Monitoring of Multiple Phase Saturation of Rocks: Applications to CO2 Sequestration

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER85275
Agency Tracking Number: 90889
Amount: $99,903.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: 25 c
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-08ER08-34
Small Business Information
New England Research, Inc.
331 Olcott Drive, Suite L1, White River Junction, VT, 05001
DUNS: 145627733
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stephen Brown
 Dr.
 (802) 296-2401
 sbrown@ner.com
Business Contact
 Ganesh Brown
Title: Dr.
Phone: (802) 296-2401
Email: sbrown@ner.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The world is increasingly concerned about global warming from the greenhouse effect, and the voluminous CO2 emissions from human activities are a significant contributor to this problem. Carbon sequestration is the concept of isolating and removing CO2 gases from large point sources and then holding them in secure storage. To be viable, any CO2 sequestration option must be safe, predictable, reliable, measurable, and verifiable; yet standard geophysical methods for monitoring and verifying CO2 injections have severe limitations. In particular, while the standard methods can be used to monitor the presence or absence of CO2 during an injection, they are unable to quantify changes in the amounts of CO2 saturation in most reservoirs. This project will develop a seismic surveying method, known as Amplitude versus Offset (AVO), for use as a more sensitive discriminator for CO2 presence. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: This project will further the DOE¿s commitment to provide solutions to the global warming trend due to anthropogenic sources of carbon in the atmosphere. The AVO technology would efficiently evaluate potential CO2 sequestration sites and monitor their performance and effectiveness.

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