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ELEGANCY – Enabling a Low-Carbon Economy via Hydrogen and CCS

CO2 transport, injection and storage – WP2

WP2 focuses on CO2 storage and on the transport-storage interface. As can be seen from the below table, the work will utilize a wide variety of first-class research infrastructure. As illustrated below, the WP is characterized by a strong collaboration with the ultimate goal to de-risk CO2 storage. To this end, WP2 will

  • Develop an accurate property model for CO2-brine in the presence of impurities.
  • Mature and validate tools for the safe, efficient and cost-effective design and operation of CO2 pipelines and injection wells.
  • Perform petrophysical chemical analyses for the characterization and selection of storage sites in Switzerland.
  • Design and perform decameter-scale experiments at the Mt Terri research rock laboratory to un-derstand the role of CO2 injection in modifying fault/fracture permeability through seismic and/or aseismic reactivation.
  • Reduce uncertainties in injection, storage and monitoring of CO2 produced by NG reforming for H2 production


Research infrastructure included in WP2.
Description Scale Partner
Vertical flow: data and experience to be used by operators when developing designs and operational procedures for vertical wells Pilot-scale SINTEF
Pipe and vessel depressurization (ECCSEL): Experimental facility for validation of transport and injection simulation tool necessary for obtaining safe and efficient design and operation of CO2 pipelines and injection systems. Lab-scale SINTEF
Core-flooding laboratory (special core analysis, SCAL) including X-ray CT and PET imaging Lab-scale ICL
Batch-reactor system for the study of mineral-dissolution kinetics Lab-scale ICL
High-temperature high-pressure view cells for independent quantification of CO2-brine-mineral contact angle, interfacial tension and phase behaviour Lab-scale ICL
Hydrothermal laboratory (ECCSEL): Experimental laboratory facility for measurement and analysis of chemical and mineralogical changes caused by stored CO2 on reservoir rocks, cap rocks and the impact on borehole infrastructure Lab-scale BGS
Geo-microbiology laboratory (ECCSEL): microbial responses to minor components in CO2 stream Lab-scale BGS
Rock deformation laboratory (ECCSEL): measurement of geomechanical properties at reservoir conditions Lab-scale BGS
Micro-seismic monitoring arrays for site selection and monitoring Lab-scale SCCER (ETH, EPFL)
Mt. Terri research rock laboratory (UGL): decameter-scale experiment to understand the role of CO2 injection in modifying fault/fracture permeability through seismic and/or aseismic reactivation Pilot-scale SCCER

Overview of WP2 CO2 transport, injection and storage.

WP2 consists of the following tasks.

  • Task 2.1 Thermodynamic property model for CO2-brine (RUB, ICL)
  • Task 2.2 Well dynamics (SINTEF)
  • Task 2.3 Petrophysics and chemistry for site characterization and selection (ICL)
  • Task 2.4 Mt. Terri experiment: Fault slip and trapping (FST) (SCCER)
  • Task 2.5 Understanding the impact of H2 in a CO2-rich stream on the storage strata (BGS, SCCER)

Contact: , SINTEF

Research-performing partners: SINTEF, BGS, SCCER, ICL, RUB