Sandia author examines carbon storage in deep saline formations

By Michael Padilla

Thursday, May 23, 2019

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A new book co-authored and co-edited by Sandia experimental geochemist Anastasia Ilgen provides a comprehensive look at carbon storage in deep saline formations.

The volume, which was published recently by Elsevier, is entitled Science of carbon storage in deep saline formations: Process coupling across time and spatial scales.

The 336-page publication, which was the effort of a multinational team, emphasizes how subsurface systems respond to the injection and storage of carbon dioxide. Chapters address individual and coupled processes related to two-phase fluid flow, thermal, geomechanical, microbiological, and geochemical phenomena over a wide range of temporal and spatial scales. The book addresses multi-scale and multi-physics aspects of geological carbon storage and is organized by discipline.

The book also highlights process coupling relevant to geological carbon storage and identifies future research needs.

“This work represents a comprehensive, one-of-a-kind book on the subject of carbon storage in saline formations,” Anastasia said.

Anastasia’s work at Sandia includes research into geological carbon storage, chemical-mechanical effects in geosystems and fundamental research on clay mineral-water interfacial chemistry.

Her co-editor, Pania Newell, developed computational models of subsurface carbon storage while at Sandia, before joining the faculty of the University of Utah.