Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Enhanced Gas Yield and Storage of Greenhouse Gas

19.01.2009
Scientific research required: Support Programme CLEAN

On 15. and 16. January more than 70 scientists came together at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences for the start of the project CLEAN (CO2 Largescale EGR in the Altmark Natural-Gas Field).

Within the framework of the CLEAN-Project the scientific support programme for the injection of CO2 will be carried out in a sub-field of Europe’s second largest natural gas field in the Altmark. The meeting serves to coordinate research activities between 17 national partners from Research Centres, Universities and Industry cooperating in this pilot study which is financed with 15 million Euros by the German Ministry for Education and Research.

In the Altmark an Energy Company, GDF SUEZ E&P Germany Ltd., produces natural gas. To increase recovery (Enhanced Gas Recovery EGR) it is planned to inject CO2 which has been separated from power plant emissions into this sub-field. “This research project investigates how CO2 reacts in an exploited gas reservoir. The impermeability of the reservoirs has been proven over millions of years. However, through the large number of existing production wells, there are increased demands on monitoring, required measurement programmes, numerical simulation of the ongoing surface and underground processes, thus, also on risk assessment” explains the coordinator Dr. Michael Kühn from the GFZ.

South of the town of Salzwedel, the GDF SUEZ has allocated a separated reservoir area for scientific studies in a pilot phase, namely, the sub-field Altensalzwedel within the Altmark gas fields. The overall mass of CO2 will amount to 100 000 tons and will be supplied by the power plant operator Vattenfall. This will, in the first instant, be CO2, that has been separated from power plants: The aim of the project is the long-term and safe storage of greenhouse gas on the one hand and an improved recovery of natural gas at depth on the other hand.

The GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences coordinates the scientific support programme, which aims to answer the following questions:

(1) Can CO2 be safely stored on the long-term in deep reservoirs (>3000 m deep) below Zechstein-salts?

(2) How can reliable evaluation procedures for the long-term safety be developed?

(3) Can CO2 which has been separated from power plant emissions be employed to increase the natural gas yield?

Franz Ossing | alfa
Further information:
http://www.gfz-potsdam.de

More articles from Power and Electrical Engineering:

nachricht Did you know that the wrapping of Easter eggs benefits from specialty light sources?
13.04.2017 | Heraeus Noblelight GmbH

nachricht To e-, or not to e-, the question for the exotic 'Si-III' phase of silicon
05.04.2017 | Carnegie Institution for Science

All articles from Power and Electrical Engineering >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Making lightweight construction suitable for series production

More and more automobile companies are focusing on body parts made of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP). However, manufacturing and repair costs must be further reduced in order to make CFRP more economical in use. Together with the Volkswagen AG and five other partners in the project HolQueSt 3D, the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) has developed laser processes for the automatic trimming, drilling and repair of three-dimensional components.

Automated manufacturing processes are the basis for ultimately establishing the series production of CFRP components. In the project HolQueSt 3D, the LZH has...

Im Focus: Wonder material? Novel nanotube structure strengthens thin films for flexible electronics

Reflecting the structure of composites found in nature and the ancient world, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have synthesized thin carbon nanotube (CNT) textiles that exhibit both high electrical conductivity and a level of toughness that is about fifty times higher than copper films, currently used in electronics.

"The structural robustness of thin metal films has significant importance for the reliable operation of smart skin and flexible electronics including...

Im Focus: Deep inside Galaxy M87

The nearby, giant radio galaxy M87 hosts a supermassive black hole (BH) and is well-known for its bright jet dominating the spectrum over ten orders of magnitude in frequency. Due to its proximity, jet prominence, and the large black hole mass, M87 is the best laboratory for investigating the formation, acceleration, and collimation of relativistic jets. A research team led by Silke Britzen from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, has found strong indication for turbulent processes connecting the accretion disk and the jet of that galaxy providing insights into the longstanding problem of the origin of astrophysical jets.

Supermassive black holes form some of the most enigmatic phenomena in astrophysics. Their enormous energy output is supposed to be generated by the...

Im Focus: A Quantum Low Pass for Photons

Physicists in Garching observe novel quantum effect that limits the number of emitted photons.

The probability to find a certain number of photons inside a laser pulse usually corresponds to a classical distribution of independent events, the so-called...

Im Focus: Microprocessors based on a layer of just three atoms

Microprocessors based on atomically thin materials hold the promise of the evolution of traditional processors as well as new applications in the field of flexible electronics. Now, a TU Wien research team led by Thomas Müller has made a breakthrough in this field as part of an ongoing research project.

Two-dimensional materials, or 2D materials for short, are extremely versatile, although – or often more precisely because – they are made up of just one or a...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Expert meeting “Health Business Connect” will connect international medical technology companies

20.04.2017 | Event News

Wenn der Computer das Gehirn austrickst

18.04.2017 | Event News

7th International Conference on Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaics in Freiburg on April 3-5, 2017

03.04.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

DGIST develops 20 times faster biosensor

24.04.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

Nanoimprinted hyperlens array: Paving the way for practical super-resolution imaging

24.04.2017 | Materials Sciences

Atomic-level motion may drive bacteria's ability to evade immune system defenses

24.04.2017 | Life Sciences

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>