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Battelle's Noteworthy Carbon Storage Projects

Battelle has played a major role in key U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) initiatives on carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) since the mid-1990s, starting with some of the earliest studies funded by the DOE and steadily progressing into a commercial program involved in all facets of the CO2 storage lifecycle.

Check out some of these highlights (these do not include multiple commercial projects currently underway).

CoalFIRST Project, 2021 – Lead geologic storage team member for Consol Energy’s advanced coal project with CCUS.

Midwest Regional Carbon Initiative (MRCI), 2019 to present – Regional consortium covering 20 midwestern and northeast states to help accelerate commercial deployment of CCUS in the region. www.midwestccus.org

Regional Carbon Storage and EOR Assessments, 1997 to present – Numerous DOE and private projects to evaluate regional and local storage in saline formations and oilfields. Work on well integrity, geomechanics, seismicity, regional hubs, modeling approaches, machine learning, and brine disposal, and collaboration with injection companies.

CCUS Feasibility and FEED in Ordos Basin, China, 2020 – 2022 – Asian Development Bank project to evaluate CO2 capture from coal to chemicals, regional pipeline, and CO2-EOR/storage options in northcentral China.

CarbonSAFE Projects in Nebraska, Kansas, Ohio, and Michigan, 2017 to 2021 – Three prefeasibility projects and a detailed feasibility study to develop large-scale CO2 storage and transport infrastructure in Midwest and mid-continent U.S. areas. 

Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP), 2003 to 2020 – Battelle led consortium across 10 states. Three small-scale pilots; a 1-miilion ton scale CO2-EOR test in Michigan, and regional storage assessments. www.mrcsp.org

CO2 Storage and EOR for Natural Gas Processing in Indonesia, 2018 to 2019 – Asian Development Bank project to evaluate CCUS feasibility at multiple sites in Indonesia. 

Pilot Carbon Storage Project, South Africa, 2016 – 2018 – World Bank funded feasibility assessment and capacity building for pilot storage project in Kwazulu-Natal province. 

Mid-Atlantic Offshore Carbon Storage Resource Assessment, 2015-2018 – First detailed storage capacity assessment in offshore Atlantic area, leading a consortium of universities and geological surveys.

CO2 Storage Prefeasibility in Sichuan Basin, China, 2012 – 2014 – World Bank study for storage potential and capacity building

FutureGen 1 and FutureGen 2, 2005 to 2015 – Primary technical support for FutureGen Industrial Alliance in site selection, characterization, drilling, permitting Class VI wells, and FEED study, with PNNL.

Mountaineer Power Plant, West Virginia, 2002 to 2017 – Going from initial feasibility with test well, to a 20-MWe storage pilot with two injection wells and three deep monitoring wells, to operations, monitoring, and successful site closure. Also, included feasibility of scale-up to commercial scale.

Other Projects and Consulting Studies:

  • Global oil company – Regional assessment of storage options for refineries in Midwest

  • Major U.S. utility – Site screening and feasibility assessment projects at multiple locations

  • Japan CCS corporation – Consulting on site suitability

  • Major U.S. utility – Site assessment

  • CRIEPI Japan – CCS risk assessment and modeling, with fieldwork in Ohio

  • Japanese engineering company (confidential) – Capture ready concept report

  • RITE, Japan – Induced seismicity report review

  • Japanese utility company (proprietary) – CCS monitoring options

  • Major steel company (proprietary) – Feasibility assessment for steel mills

  • Japanese consortium (proprietary) – Gasification product assessment and market study

  • Major German power and oil company – External reviewer for storage site selection in Germany

  • Canadian power company (proprietary) – Preliminary feasibility in Northwestern U.S.

  • Malaysian company – energy strategy planning

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