A coal-fired power plant, for which a carbon capture and storage project is under consideration (Nordjyllandsvaerket, Denmark). © Vattenfall

BRGM, a key player in geological storage of CO2

BRGM plays a key role in research on CO2 storage in geological layers, especially deep aquifers. This technique is being developed to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Since 1993, BRGM has been actively involved in French, European and worldwide research on underground storage of CO2, particularly in deep aquifers.

The aim is to store CO2 in the subsoil in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.

Inventories of storage capacities and ensuring storage safety

BRGM’s research work in the field of CO2 storage focuses on two main areas:

  • Inventories of storage capacities and mapping potentially suitable geological formations for storing CO2.
  • Safety criteria and storage behaviour (modelling interactions between stored CO2 and cemented wells and reservoir rocks, monitoring storage sites and assessing countermeasures to be implemented in the event of storage anomalies).

BRGM continues to be involved in storage demonstrators with its industrial and academic partners.

BRGM also provides support for the development of public policies to implement the technology, which is set to make an increasing contribution to the reduction of CO2 emissions.

Active BRGM involvement in national and international networks

BRGM is actively involved in European scientific networks on geological storage of CO2, such as CO2GeoNet, CGS Europe, ZEP (Zero Emissions Platform) and EERA (European Energy Research Alliance).

It has joint responsibility with IFP Energies Nouvelles for the French Club CO2, created on an ADEME initiative.

It is involved in several international bodies in an expert capacity or as the French representative:

  • Greenhouse Gas Programme run by the International Energy Agency (IEA-GHG),
  • Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF),
  • Scientific Group under the London Convention.

BRGM took part in reviewing IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) reports on CO capture and storage (IPCC-SRCCS) and on climate change (4th assessment report).

GEODENERGIES, a scientific interest group (GIS) for the development of carbon-free energy

GEODENERGIES (Geotechnologies for carbon-free energy), is a scientific interest group (GIS) developed by the BRGM with 12 private companies, 6 other public research institutions and 2 competitiveness clusters.

Its aim is to promote the emergence of three sectors supporting carbon-free energy: geological storage of CO2, energy storage and geothermal energy.

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