CO2-PENS: A CO2 Sequestration Systems Model ...

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XVI International Conference on Computational Methods in Water Resources (CMWR-XVI) Ingeniørhuset

CO2-PENS: A CO2 Sequestration Systems Model Supporting Risk-Based Decisions
Author:Philip Stauffer <> (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
Hari Viswanathan <> (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
George Guthrie <> (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
Rajesh Pawar <> (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
Presenter:Philip Stauffer <> (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
Date: 2006-06-18     Track: Special Sessions     Session: Geologic Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide

The Zero Emissions Research and Technology (ZERT) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory is studying the injection of CO2 into geologic repositories. We are formulating the problem as science based decision framework that can address issues of risk, cost, and technical requirements at all stages of the sequestration process. The framework is implemented in a sys tem model that is capable of performing stochastic simulations to address uncertainty in different geologic sequestration sc enarios, including injection into poorly characterized brine aquifers. Processes level laboratory experiments, field experiments, modeling, economic data, and risk theory are used to support the system level model that will be the basis for decision making. The current system model, CO2-PENS, is already proving to b e useful in showing complex interactions between the different components of the framework. The system model also provides a consistent platform to document decisions made during the site selection, implementation, and closure periods.