MRCSP held its Annual Meeting November 1-2, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. More than 90 research partners, project supporters, and other interested stakeholders participated in the meeting. The group met to review MRCSP’s accomplishments and discuss how they relate to the current policy context and future challenges for carbon storage. The group also learned about other emerging research within the US Department of Energy’s carbon storage and capture program portfolios.
The meeting kicked off with a discussion of the international context for carbon storage. Jeff Erickson, General Manager – Americas for the Global CCS Institute, reviewed the role of carbon storage in global efforts to address climate change. Chuck McConnell, former MRCSP team member and current Executive Director of Rice University’s Energy and Environment Initiative, built on this talk by reviewing international carbon storage initiatives. This discussion was rounded out by remarks from Dirk Forrister, President and CEO of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), who discussed the status of the global climate change negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations, including the Paris Agreement and early national efforts to implement it. The group was presented with possible paths for carbon storage to help meet greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.
The MRCSP Principal Investigator Neeraj Gupta, Battelle, provided an overview presentation
that highlighted the recent progress on the large-scale Development Phase project in Michigan and efforts to further improve the geologic characterization of the ten-state MRCSP region. Two sessions with more detailed reviews of specific technical issues and project achievements followed. This included an overview by Rick Pardini of Core Energy of infrastructure additions currently underway followed by a review of geologic and reservoir modeling and status of monitoring technologies by Battelle researchers. One important message was the MRCSP monitoring of CO₂ injection is more than 60% complete, and the early results of monitoring have been useful in evaluating the CO₂ injection and retention processes. Another important message was the MRCSP region covering ten states has significant and varied geologic resources that could be developed for carbon storage and utilization.
The final session of the meeting circled back to the global and national context for carbon storage. Presentations included a review of capacity building by Battelle in developing countries, carbon capture R&D programs, and carbon storage policy and incentives in the US and in individual states. Based on the updates, it appears that there is a strong industry interest and stakeholder momentum for expanding the incentives for CO₂ storage in saline formations and as part of EOR to encourage broader deployment in the US.
The annual meeting is an important opportunity for those involved in carbon storage in the region to meet, share information, and further working relationships. The MRCSP convenes these discussions as part of its mission to build a core competency in the region.