Research

Underground storage of carbon dioxide

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


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.


Team

Research Team

Ruben Juanes Associate Professor

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Michael Szulczewski Civil and Environmental Engineering