Regardless of your background, the course will teach you the key elements to help you better understand:
- how to protect the atmosphere with the technology of Carbon Capture and Storage, often called CCS, from an excess of carbon dioxide
- the fundamental drivers to make fossil fuels ¿safe to use¿ in the context of the Paris Climate Change agreement of 2015
- key sectors of the global economy where CCS can contribute to deep reductions in emissions
- the uniqueness of CCS to complement other low-carbon technologies
- how CCS can unlock carbon negative solutions, which will need to be used before mid-century
- the principles of the technologies currently used to stop carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere
- the key elements of geology for permanently, and safely, disposing of carbon dioxide underground
- the international state of play today
- the scale of the industry in the 21st century
Have completed a total of 4 ECTS
At a time when society is acquiring an ever more pressing perception and concern about CO2 emissions and the need for their suppression, this practical course aims to deeply address the problem of geological CO2 storage, focusing on the most relevant technical aspects.
Who should apply
Technicians, Engineers involved in CO2 storage and capture projects. Master and PhD students. Researchers and academic staff.
Knowledge, abilities and skills to be acquired
- Understanding the CO2 geological storage process
- Ability to understand the fundamental elements of calculating CO2 storage volumes
- Understand and classify CCS projects depending on their stage of maturity
Language : Portuguese and English.
1. Introduction: Global warming. The carbon budget of our atmosphere. Carbon neutrality. CO2 today and future. Main sources of CO2. State of the art of CO2 storage. Global Energy security. Decarbonizing global energy. Hydrogen and Electricity.
2. Geological Carbon Storage: Methods for subsurface imaging (seismic and well data). Basic concepts of system components (traps, reservoir and seals). Legacy data analysis and Cause of failure of oil/gas wells. Play based concept and definition of optimal areas. Geological risk of potential leads and prospects. Practical exercise.
3. Storage volumetric assessment: Main input data for volumetrics. Probabilistic versus deterministic methods. Practical exercise.
4. Classification and categorization of CO2 storage projects: Storage resources management system. Storable volumes. Resources and reserves. Definitions of commercial and non-commercial volumes. Practical exercise
5. CO2 injection and environmental Monitoring Systems: Dynamic fluid simulations. Well types and injection processes. Monitoring systems of plume propagation. Environmental aspects and concerns.
6. Practical examples of CCS development and implementation: Commercial play fairway. Regulatory environment. Offshore versus onshore. Projects examples. CO2 potential in Portugal.