Carbon storage in a solid form, a process also known as carbon mineralization is one of the most reliable and permanent methods of sequestering carbon emissions. An initiative led by leading geoscientists and researchers is aiming to advance knowledge of this approach.
Experts and enthusiasts in the carbon mineralization space are called to submit an abstract at AGU – the international, nonprofit scientific association, promoting discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity. The deadline for submissions is August 2nd, 2023.
The session called Advancing Carbon Mineral Storage is headed by Ruoshi Cao, geoscientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Martin Voigt from Carbfix Technology, Sandra Ósk Snæbjörnsdóttir, Head of Carbfix Technology, Todd Schaef, Senior Research Scientists from the PNNL and Allie Nagurney, Scientist and Researcher at PNNL.
According to the session, the experts’ submissions should detail individual or coupled processes taking place during carbon mineralization, from pore-scale to reservoir-scale. They would allow scientists to better obtain resource estimations, carbonation rates, and CO2 injection strategies and to develop measuring, reporting, and verification protocols.
The initiative also aims to bring together a diverse and inclusive group of participants that will seed active decarbonization collaborations and enable products that benefit society.
Carbon mineralization is the process where carbon dioxide becomes a solid mineral, such as a carbonate via a chemical reaction that happens when certain rocks are exposed to carbon dioxide. It is recognized as playing a key role in permanently locking away gigatons of anthropogenic CO2 emissions.
Some companies have already started commercializing the approach of geological storage of CO2 via injection into reactive reservoirs such as basalts, peridotite, or other volcanic types of rocks. The science and research community is in need to collaborate together to develop and advance this critical technology for the 21st century.