MIT Energy Initiative

Underground storage of carbon dioxide

New MIT tool could make possible a safer, more effective sequestration process

Ruben Juanes, from Exploring subsurface energy, from academics to industry, Energy Futures, Spring 2015Credit: M. Scott Brauer

Our model is a simple, effective way to calculate how much CO₂ a basin can store safely.

Ruben Juanes, ARCO Associate Professor in Energy Studies

One possible approach to the challenge of cutting the amount of CO₂ that reaches the atmosphere involves capturing greenhouse gases such as CO2 at the source—an electric power plant, for example—and then injecting them underground. To help make a process like this more feasible, MIT engineers have come up with a software tool to determine how much CO2 can be sequestered safely in geological formations.

Research Team

Michael Szulczewski Civil and Environmental Engineering