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News from CCS TLM - October 2012
CCS TLM Limited, together with its parent company Tractebel Engineering, is a provider of integrated, expert consultancy, engineering and advisory services to the emerging Carbon, Capture and Storage (CCS) sector.
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A1CarbonKids demo proves science is fun and educational


Delegates at the National CCS Conference in Perth last week, were  treated to a demonstration by students from St Anne's Primary School, Harvey of carbon capture and storage (CCS) experiments developed by the CSIRO as part of its CarbonKids program.


Article from GCCSI

The CCS demonstration was arranged to coincide with National CCS Week, along with a creative challenge in which 160 primary and high school students from eight WA schools took part to find new ways to showcase their learning about CCS.

Global CCS Institute CEO Brad Page welcomed the opportunity to raise the awareness of a technology that he said would play an important part in Australia's future energy mix.

"The Institute is committed to improving knowledge, understanding and awareness of CCS and its potential to make a significant contribution to reducing global greenhouse gases," Mr Page said.

"We are pleased to be partnering with the CSIRO on this innovative initiative, which provides education and resources on climate change, sustainability and energy technology to more than 250 schools Australia-wide.
"The St Anne's students have shown us today that they have gained an excellent appreciation of CCS through the CarbonKids program and had a lot of fun as well."

CCS is one of a portfolio of technologies employed to tackle climate change. By year's end the eight projects already operating around the world will be preventing more than 23 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from reaching the atmosphere each year. When the eight projects under construction also come on line, it is expected that this figure will increase to 36 million tonnes a year by 2015.

And in 2050, the International Energy Agency estimates that CCS technology should contribute around 17 per cent of global emissions reduction. This will complement other technologies, such as wind, wave and solar.


The CarbonKids CCS resources were developed using the best available science following a global review of what was already available for schools and teachers. The CCS module, which forms part of the low-emission technology series, was reviewed by science and education experts and trialled in classrooms across Australia and internationally.


The CCS education resources are free and available online and you can see what fun the kids had at:




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Simulating secure CO2 storage


The race is on to develop the most secure solution for storing CO2 in the earth's crust. A new method studies precisely how this greenhouse gas is bound inside rocks.

Article from The Research Council of Norway

But how secure against leakage is this practice, and what is the holding capacity of different kinds of rock?

The Norwegian company Numerical Rocks AS has been studying how carbon dioxide moves and becomes "locked inside" the microstructure of sandstone and other rock.


CO2 will be safely stored in suitable geological formations deep below the ground. (Illustration: Bellona/Prosjektlab)


Sealed in by capillary forces

Using computer simulations of two-phase flow (CO2 and water) incorporated directly into three-dimensional images of reservoir rock, researchers and petroleum operators can calculate how gases and fluids either move or get trapped by capillary forces in the tiny hollow spaces (called capillaries) within a porous rock.


The method itself is simple enough, but the data algorithms behind it are extremely complex and require high-performance computational power, explain Thomas Ramstad and Håkon Rueslåtten of Numerical Rocks.

Studying flow in reservoir rock

"We calculate reservoir parameters based on a slow, continuous flow of water and CO2 within the pore system of the rock - and we represent this on a digital, three-dimensional image of the rock," says Senior Research Scientist Ramstad.

The 3D simulation above shows the distribution and movement of CO2 in sandstone capillaries under stationary flow conditions. On the right, non-stationary flow conditions (which occur near an injection well) are simulated. (Illustration: Numerical Rocks AS )

"The result is an animated 3D simulation of fluids within the rock, which enhances researchers' physical understanding of how these substances behave."

Stationary flow refers to the snail-paced movement of substances, typically just 30 cm per day, which takes place far from the injection well. This flow is controlled by capillary pressure conditions. The CO2 trapped in a rock's pores by capillary force does not leak out, even if the impermeable rock types above it crack open.

Numerical Rocks is now studying flow under non-stationary conditions - in the immediate vicinity of the injection wells - where the pressure is variable and flow occurs much more quickly.

Useful for petroleum sector

Numerical Rocks is certain that the need for this kind of simulation service will grow.

"Demand will increase as CO2 storage becomes more common," asserts Håkon Rueslåtten. "There is no doubt this will become a core activity of many major petroleum players."

The research has received public funding under the Norwegian RD&D CCS programme (CLIMIT), which is administered by the state enterprise Gassnova and the Research Council of Norway.



China 'Fastest-Moving' on CO2 Capture, Global CCS Institute

China, which is developing more than half of the carbon-capture and storage projects announced within the last year, is quickly becoming a leader in deployment of systems to cut emissions from power plants, according to the Global CCS Institute.

Article from Bloomberg

Currently there are 75 carbon-capture and storage, or CCS, projects in development worldwide compared with 74 a year ago, Brad Page, chief executive officer of the institute, said today on a media call. Nine were newly identified, including five in China, and eight were canceled or put on hold, he said.

"China is the fastest-moving nation now on CCS," Page said. The country "has moved very rapidly from right down in the bottom of our league tables to now being number three in the world in terms of number of projects," he said. The U.S. andCanada have the most projects.

Chinese companies are beginning to participate in projects in other countries, and that is a trend that may continue, Page said. China Petrochemical Corp., Asia's biggest refiner that's known as Sinopec Group, last month won an engineering contract for Summit Power Group LLC's CCS project in Texas.

"That may well turn out to be just a sign of things to come," Page said. "It's a very important development."

The Global CCS Institute is based in Canberra, Australia.





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