Gulf Coast Carbon Center Annual Summer Sponsor Meeting

August 27, 2019
GCCC Meeting attendees

Last week, the Gulf Coast Carbon Center (GCCC) held its annual summer sponsor meeting at the Bureau’s Houston Research Center, inviting a variety of stakeholders to engage directly with researchers and learn more about carbon capture and storage technology.

The GCCC, a research consortium within the environmental arm of the Bureau, researches carbon capture and storage and ways to facilitate the reduction of carbon dioxide atmospheric emissions. Industrial Affiliates of the GCCC provide valuable insight, including economic and geotechnical strategies, into industry practices and inform focus on the most relevant and applied research for commercial adoption of carbon capture and storage technology.

GCCC is supported in part by the Industrial Affiliates program, which consists of industry giants like BHP, BP, Chevron, Equinor, ExxonMobil, NRG Energy, Petra Nova, Shell, and Total. Industrial Affiliates funding is matched with large, often multi-million-dollar, grants from federal and state agencies—most notably the U.S. Department of Energy—that support projects such as the Gulf of Mexico Partnership for Offshore Carbon Storage (GoMCarb).

In addition to the sponsor meeting, the GCCC also held an open house for all industry regulators, executives, and nonprofit workers, regardless of financial affiliation, interested in learning more about carbon capture and storage technology and its application. The GCCC also conducted a poster session detailing topics of the GCCC’s 5-year Big Plan, an aspirational outline of the consortium’s five major research themes. You can download the posters from the open house here to learn more about ongoing or recently completed research projects.

The afternoon session consisted of presentations by GCCC researchers on the latest accomplishments, impactful study findings, and forward-looking direction of the Center.

GCCC sponsor meetings are held biannually, one in the summer and one in the winter. As usual, this year’s upcoming winter meeting will be held in conjunction with UT Austin’s Department of Chemical Engineering (Dr. Gary Rochelle’s research group). This University of Texas Conference on Carbon Capture and Storage (UTCCS) joint meeting will be in its fifth year.

Please contact GCCC research program coordinator Emily Moskal if you’re interested in learning more about the GCCC or UTCCS.