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Technical Themes and Subthemes

Theme 1: Subsurface Storage

Description: The subsurface storage theme aims to address key technical challenges in assessing geologic reservoirs, estimating storage capacity, injectivity, and containment for the permanent and safe storage of CO₂. This includes site specific to regional evaluations in saline storage, converted oil and gas fields, associated storage through CO₂-EOR, or any other storage options for onshore and offshore applications. Topics could include, but are not limited to:

  1. Reservoir characterization
  2. Storage capacity
  3. Injectivity
  4. Containment
  5. Regional assessments
  6. Modeling
  7. Site selection

Theme 2: CO₂ Enhanced Hydrocarbon Recovery (EHR)

Description: The CO₂-EHR theme aims to highlight the benefits of utilizing CO₂ for enhanced hydrocarbon recovery in oil and gas fields: how can CO₂-EHR help solve greenhouse gas emissions and what is the future need for CO₂ in EHR? This could include the use of CO₂ to flood new fields, as a secondary or tertiary recovery method, or to explore the redevelopment of a depleted field in both conventional and unconventional reservoirs. Topics could include, but are not limited to:

  1. Field tests
  2. Laboratory studies
  3. Evaluation of potential fields
  4. Transitioning oil fields from “business as usual” Class II to Class VI geologic storage
  5. Operational strategies to maximize CO₂ retainment
  6. Storage in depleted fields
  7. Modeling
  8. Enhanced oil and enhanced gas recovery

Theme 3: Monitoring

Description: Determining if a CCUS/CCS storage project is on course for success will be predicated on clearly tracking the movements, concentration, and long-term fate of CO₂ plumes in the subsurface. Therefore, rigorous monitoring efforts will be critical to meet Class VI permit requirements, greenhouse gas reporting requirements, and to satisfy subpart RR requirements for Section 45Q tax credits. This session will concentrate on surface and subsurface techniques and strategies for approaching this critical piece of the storage puzzle. Topics under this theme could include, but are not limited to:

  1. Monitoring plan development
  2. Subsurface technologies
  3. Surface technologies
  4. Lessons learned from oil and gas, and/or field tests

Theme 4: Risk Assessment

Description: This theme aims to address recent advances in the field of risk assessment associated with injection and storage of CO₂ in both saline and EOR settings to better understand the critical concerns of the safety of storing and/or utilizing CO₂. Topics under this theme could include, but are not limited to:

  1. Project financial risk
  2. Long-term liability
  3. Regulatory risk
  4. Public opinion risk
  5. Risk of meeting GHG mitigation targets
  6. Subsurface leakage assessments
  7. Induced seismicity
  8. Qualitative risk assessment tools and workflows
  9. Impacts of leakage on shallow aquifers
  10. Risk management
  11. Site performance risk
  12. Communicating risk to stakeholders

Theme 5: Case Studies

Description: Real-world examples and applications are important to help understand the feasibility of using the subsurface to safely store carbon dioxide and to develop methods for their deployment. The lessons learned from previous attempts to sequester carbon dioxide and the geological challenges associated with ongoing storage locations will help inform and provide additional site selection choices. This theme will also highlight case studies and important topics that influence a successful CCUS project.

These topics could include, but are not limited to:

  1. Case studies
  2. Demonstration/pilot-scale tests
  3. Large-scale tests and projects
  4. International projects
  5. Life cycle analysis
  6. CCUS in industry
  7. Blue hydrogen and geothermal
  8. “Cradle to the grave”

Theme 6: Economics

Description: Economics are a key driver for the successful development and deployment of any CCUS/CCS project. This session will address key components on understanding economics such as tax incentives, drivers for profitability, tools and methods, and models.


Theme 7: Non-Technical Considerations

Description: While technical challenges with CCUS have been the mainstay of R&D over the years, near-term commercial deployment also hinges on the resolution of non-technical challenges such as legal access to pore space, UIC permitting, long-term liability, and stakeholder acceptance and environmental justice. This session will address these issues in an ever-evolving landscape and sense of urgency with the development and deployment of CCUs technologies.


Theme 8: Infrastructure

Description: Linking the CO₂ source to a feasible sink requires the development of infrastructure. This session will address key concepts and challenges including source to sink evaluations, capture technology, transportation, reuse of existing infrastructure, infrastructure development, and designing regional storage hubs.


Special Topic: Machine Learning and Data Analytics for CCUS

Description: There are many challenges in characterization, modeling, and monitoring for CCUS including data availability, missing information, big datasets, and understanding potential reservoir and caprock performance. This session will showcase projects and progress in the application of machine learning and data analytics to CCUS challenges.