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News 2018

Izaak Ruiz

Izaak Ruiz

March 22, 2018: GCCC graduate research assistant Izaak Ruiz has been accepted to the IEAGHG Summer School for CCS hosted by the Norwegian CCS Research Centre that takes place the week commencing the 25th June 2018 in Trondheim. IEAGHG’s Summer Schools are the only CCS education program to have a truly international focus. With the location moving around the world, the program has now taken place in over 7 countries covering Europe, Australia, Asia and North America. The Summer School is a great opportunity for networking and informal discussion with a range of experts attending (over 20 from both industry and research) who are all world-leading scientists in a wide range of fields.



Vanessa Nuñez-López

Vanessa Nuñez-López

February 28 - March 1, 2018: Vanessa Nuñez-López attended ACI's 10th Carbon Dioxide Utilization Summit in Tampa, Florida, to present "The Carbon Balance Evolution of CO2-EOR: an Opportunity for Net-Carbon-Negative-Oil." Carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR) enhances oil production by injecting CO2 into depleted oil reserves to displace residual oil toward production wells in a solvent/miscible process for extraction. Often this injected CO2 has been sourced from natural CO2 accumulations. Recently, projects have emerged that use anthopogenic CO2 captured from industrial facilities. 

In this presentation, Vanessa Nuñez-López answered the question as to whether CO2-EOR represents a valid option for greenhouse gas emission reduction. The debate has centered around whether or not the injected and stored volume of CO2 counters the emissions associated with the processes throughout the entire value chain. The GCCC carried out a DOE-NETL funded study titled "Carbon Life Cycle Analysis of CO2-EOR for Net Carbon Negative Oil (NCNO) Classification" to examine the question and found that CO2-EOR not only reduced greenhouse gas emissions but also provided valuable information to those seeking tax credits for carbon dioxide sequestration.

AAAS Family Days Activity
AAAS Family Day Activity

February 18, 2018: The Gulf Coast Carbon Center attended Family Days at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual conference held in Austin, Texas. Two graduate students, Sarah Prentice and Peter Tutton, presented an interactive activity to educate children and their families about what CO2 is, why it's relevant to them and their everyday lives, and what we can do to reduce the CO2 in the atmosphere. 

February 12, 2018: Susan Hovorka gave a guest lecture and demo to 21 high school teachers of JSG’s OnRamps Dual Enrollment Earth, Wind, and Fire course at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Conference Attendees

January 31, 2018: The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) co-hosted an expert workshop in Paris on the potential for advanced CO2 enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR) to decarbonize oil production. Vanessa Nuñez-López discussed Net Carbon Negative Oil (NCNO) and its relation to the lifecycle analysis of carbon.


UTCCS-4 Group Picture

January 30-31, 2018: A little over one hundred researchers and industry experts who work on carbon capture and storage assembled at The University of Texas to share knowledge and discuss emerging technologies during UTCCS-4. This bi-annual event, in its fourth iteration, was presented by the Gulf Coast Carbon Center, the Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security, and the Texas Carbon Management Program. 

Plenary talks were given by Howard Herzog, from MIT's Energy Initiative, who put CCU and negative emissions in perspective, and by IEAGHG's Tim Dixon, who used the opportunity to share the impact of GCCC on the field of CCS in a global context.

The meeting included four major areas of focus. A carbon capture track was facilitated by Gary Rochelle of the Texas Carbon Management Program. A carbon storage research track focused on basic science results from the CFSES program and was led by Larry Lake. The Gulf Coast Carbon Center led a track Tuesday morning on their new CarbonSAFE project. And GCCC led tracks on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning showcasing general GCCC achievements over the last four years. Wednesday afternoon was reserved for a GCCC sponsors-only meeting hosted at the Bureau of Economic Geology.


January 30, 2018: Congratulations to Pooneh Hosseininoosheri who won the “Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Research Award” for her poster "CO2-EOR/Storage: How black turns to green at GAIN 2018. The annual event hosted by the Graduate Engineering Council at The University of Texas at Austin is a broad networking opportunity that allows The Cockrell School of Engineering to showcase its best and brightest graduate students.

January 24-25, 2018: Susan Hovorka served as an expert reviewer for the UK Geo Energy Observatories, a project of the British Geological Survey and many collaborators to develop well-arrays to support a wide variety of geotechnical research including geologic storage of CO2. She was able to share lessons learned from US DOE funded projects to assist in making this new venture as successful as possible. Nottingham, UK

CO2 Sequestration Atlas of Miocene Strata, Offshore Texas State Waters

January 19, 2018: GCCC is delighted to announce the publication of eological CO2 Sequestration Atlas of Miocene Strata, Offshore Texas State Waters, edited by Ramon Trevino and Tip Meckel. The Atlas summarizes research undertaken as part of a multiyear study (2009–2014) of Texas State Waters and the adjacent Federal Offshore Continental Shelf. It provides a resource for exploring the geological CO2 sequestration potential of the near-offshore waters of Texas via large-scale regional and qualitative, as well as detailed quantitative, information that can help operators quickly assess CO2 sequestration potential at specific sites. This is the first comprehensive attempt to accomplish this goal in the near offshore Gulf Coast and United States. For more information, please click here. To purchase a copy, please follow this link.



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