February 16, 2018
2018 Arthur D. Storke Memorial Lecture


Sally M. Benson
Co-Director, Precourt Institute for Energy Director, Global Climate and Energy Project Professor, Energy Resources Engineering School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences
Stanford University

Geological storage of carbon dioxide has the potential for significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. While the fundamental scientific underpinnings of CO2 sequestration build on a century-long exploration of the physics of multiphase flow in porous media, there are aspects that remain unexplored and warrant further investigation. In this talk, I will review recent experimental and theoretical research on multiphase flow of CO2 and brine in heterogeneous rocks, pore- and continuum-scale studies of the stability of residually trapped CO2, and monitoring CO2 migration using pressure-transient data. The implications of the findings from advances in CO2 sequestration science will be discussed for real-world projects.