NETL Publishes New Database For Underground Carbon Storage Sites

NETL Publishes New Database For Underground Carbon Storage Sites - Carbon Herald

The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has launched a database of all the potential underground carbon storage sites.

The database, called the Catalog of U.S. Prospective Subsurface Storage Reservoir Sealing Formations, is a valuable new resource for researchers, policymakers, and industry professionals working on capturing and storing carbon dioxide (CO2) underground. 

With its help, stakeholders can identify potential locations for safe and secure CO2 storage within the United States.

The catalog focuses on geological formations that can act as natural seals, trapping CO2 deep beneath the Earth’s surface. 

These formations are categorized by name, age, and composition, along with their position relative to potential storage areas.

Additionally, the database provides users with links to relevant research and data sources.

This first-of-its-kind catalog represents a significant effort to compile scattered data into a single, user-friendly platform. 

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NETL Geologist Paige Morkner emphasizes the importance of this initiative, stating it will be a key tool in achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050:

“The catalog aims to guide users to available literature and data resources related to containment systems for carbon dioxide (CO2) storage, a vital component in the mission to achieve a net-zero carbon emissions energy sector and economy by 2050.

This is the first version of this catalog and is a valuable resource for researchers, policymakers and industry professionals interested in geologic carbon storage and the identification of prospective seal units in U.S. sedimentary basins,” Morkner said.

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The carbon storage catalog can be accessed through the NETL Energy Data eXchange® (EDX) and EDX® disCO2ver, a virtual platform designed specifically for collaboration and data management related to carbon storage. 

EDX, a virtual library and data laboratory, is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM).  

This platform supports the entire research lifecycle, providing secure workspaces for ongoing projects and facilitating the curation and publication of valuable data.

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