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Carbon Monitoring & Capture Experts Gather This Week in Australia

Monday, August 26, 2013   

Eighty researchers from Australia and around the world will meet in Canberra this week to discuss the latest developments in carbon capture and storage (CCS) research.
The Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) is hosting a four day combined meeting of the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEAGHG) Monitoring Network and Environmental Research Network.
“The meeting is a significant research event and brings together scientists from the US, Europe, the UK and Australia,” said Dr Richard Aldous, Chief Executive of CO2CRC.
“It is part of a global scientific effort to develop new and improved technologies for monitoring geologically stored carbon dioxide, and is a vital underpinning to the development of CCS.”
Monitoring is an essential part of carbon storage, both for verifying the amount of carbon dioxide being stored and understanding how the gas behaves underground. The rigorous monitoring required for CCS provides assurance of long–term storage integrity and an early warning if things are not going as planned.
“This is the seventh meeting of our Monitoring Network and the fourth meeting of the Environmental Research Network,” said Tim Dixon, Manager of the IEAGHG Technical Programme and Manager CCS and Regulatory Affairs.
“We are very pleased to be hosted by CO2CRC, allowing the international experts attending to see more of the good work on these topics undertaken in Australia.”
The meeting will cover a range of topics including monitoring results from active carbon dioxide storage projects, discussions of CCS regulation, new and established terrestrial and marine monitoring techniques and the environmental impacts of carbon dioxide.
“Having the meeting in Australia gives us an excellent opportunity to highlight the work underway by CO2CRC, Geoscience Australia, CSIRO and the Flagship projects, including the practical experiments in carbon storage at the CO2CRC Otway Project in Victoria,” said Dr Aldous.
The meeting will also include a field trip to examine Canberra’s interesting geological history. The tour will look at examples of geological faulting around the ACT and how these structures might influence approaches to CCS monitoring and environmental impact studies.
The meeting has been sponsored by CO2CRC, ANLEC R&D, the CarbonNet Project, Chevron, The Global CCS Institute and Shell.
Countries around the world are developing carbon capture and storage technologies to make significant cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from major industrial sources. A global drive to prove and scale up the technology is underway. (greenbuildingelements)


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