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AAPG Europe Workshop in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)

Chaired by Jon Gluyas and Sean McQuaid

Tuesday, 19 January Friday, 22 January 2021, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  Virtual Workshop via Zoom (London, England time)

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Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is an energy transition technology allowing the continued use of fossil fuels but removing the emissions from their combustion. Used properly CCS will enable high-energy industries and high emissions industries, time to develop low carbon alternatives to burning coal, oil or gas. However, capturing carbon and geostoring it is energy intensive and hence has a cost. First generation capture technology, retrofitted to conventional power stations from which CO₂ emerges as dilute, low-pressure flue gas pay a 30% energy penalty for the capture and burial of the CO₂. This penalty will reduce with new generation capture, especially when fitted to pre-combustion or oxy-fuel power stations and other industrial plants but it will never be zero – the second law of thermodynamics dictates that.

Currently, humanity captures and geostores about 36 million tonnes of CO₂ per year while it releases to the atmosphere about 36 thousand million tonnes per year. Geostorage of CO₂ is no more a technical challenge than producing petroleum and the petroleum industry has already demonstrated this in CO₂ enhanced oil recovery, a process that was first tried in Hungary back in the 1950s and which today sees millions of tonnes of CO₂ injected into oilfields each year.

The aim of this conference is to explore how best to develop large scale geostorage of CO₂. Prospective contributors should consider one or more of the following questions in preparation of their submission:

  • How and where do we inject and store CO₂?
  • How do we make sure and know the CO₂ stays in the ground?
  • What needs to happen to create a substantial and sustainable CCS industry?


The virtual workshop will be over four days, three speakers per day followed by a Q and A session. Each day will cover a specific topic.

Tuesday 19th January
The CCS Industry – Present and Future
15:00-15:15 Opening of the CCS Workshop
Jon Gluyas, Durham University, and Sean McQuaid, ERCe Energy
15:15-15:40 Introduction to CCS
Howard Herzog, MIT
15:40-16:00 The Acorn Project
Alan James, PaleBlue Dot
16:00-16:20 Direct Air Capture
Jennifer Wilcox, Chemical Engineering and Energy Policy at U Penn
16:20-17:00 Q&A
Wednesday 20th January
C0₂ Storage and Injectivity
15:00-15:15 Opening
15:15-15:40 Storage Reserves Categorisation
Scott Frailey, Illinois State Geological Survey, U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
15:40-16:00 Exploration for CCS resources
Alex Bump, University of Texas
16:00-16:20 Storage Dynamics
Speaker TBC
16:20-17:00 Q&A
Thursday 21st January
C0₂ Monitoring
15:00-15:15 Opening
15:15-15:40 Integrated applications in monitoring
Dr. Hadi Nourollah, Senior Geophysicist at CO2CRC Limited
15:40-16:00 Monitoring at Ketzin
Stefan Lueth and Conny Schmidt Hattenberger, GFD Postdam
16:00-16:20 Passive and continuos monitoring using MUON tomography
Jon Gluyas, Durham University
16:20-17:00 Environmental monitoring
Katherine Romanak, The University of Texas at Austin Bureau of Economic Geology
17:00-17:30 Q&A
Friday 22nd January
How to Make CCS work in the 2020’s
15:00-15:15 Opening
15:15-15:40 The role and value of CCS and GGR: Market Creation
Nial Mac Dowell, Professor of Future Energy Systems at Imperial College London
15:40-16:00 Economics
Speaker TBC
16:00-16:20 Making Monitoring Commercial
Susan Hovorka, Senior research scientist at Gulf Coast Carbon Center, BEG, JSG, Univ. Texas at Austin
16:20-17:00 Q&A
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Jonathan Gordon Gluyas Jonathan Gluyas Co-Chair Durham University, England (U.K.)
Sean McQuaid Sean McQuaid Co-Chair ERCE Energy
Marta Diaz Events and Office Administrator
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