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Radiocarbon as a Reactive Tracer for Tracking Permanent CO2 Storage in Basaltic Rocks

Lead PI: Juerg M. Matter

Unit Affiliation: Geochemistry, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO)

October 2010 - September 2015
Inactive
Global ; Iceland
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: The goal of this project is to demonstrate that carbon-14 (14C) can be used as a reactive tracer to monitor geochemical reactions in an underground injection reservoir and to evaluate the extent of conversion of carbon dioxide to carbonates in basaltic rocks.

OUTCOMES: 2011-2013: the regular collection of tracer gas samples in injection and monitoring wells; the mineralogical and geochemical analyses of these samples; and the resulting quantification of carbon dioxide conversion in the Icelandic basalt storage reservoir.

SPONSOR:

Department of Energy

ORIGINATING SPONSOR:

Reykjavik Energy

FUNDED AMOUNT:

$1,019,031

RESEARCH TEAM:

Martin Stute, Peter Schlosser, Wallace Broecker

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY COLLABORATORS:

Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy (LCSE), Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED)

KEYWORDS

energy carbon capture and storage carbon-14 mineral sequestration basaltic rocks