The Institute has been working on carbon storage for the past 15 years, exploring the control of CO2 in subsurface saline aquifers. We have built up considerable expertise on the dynamics of CO2 plumes moving through layered permeable rocks and on the various mechanics which control the trapping of CO2 in the subsurface, including structural, capillary and dissolution.
There is a large group of researchers exploring some of the fundamental controls of CO2 migration and working on interpreting field data from active CO2 sequestration projects using these models. Ongoing work focuses on the dynamics of CO2 in heterogeneous and permeable rocks, with direct relevance to several reservoirs presently being explored for carbon storage. (Prof Jerome Neufeld; Prof Andy Woods)