Advances in CO2 Injection and Storage in Geologic Formations (GEO391 Course at UT Austin)

Advances in CO2 Injection and Storage in Geologic Formations is a cross-disciplinary, project-based course for students covering new technology for greenhouse gas emissions reductions.


The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
GEO391 (unique number 27140)

fall semester, 2010
fall semester, 2011

Four instructors teach from their research expertise:

Farzam Javadpour – multiphase fluid flow, pore scale studies, imaging micromodels, pore to reservoir upscale, capillary and viscous processes. Farzam brings this course material from University of Calgary to UT.

Susan Hovorka (STORE personnel) – project development. Susan has led four of the world’s premier field research teams injecting CO2 and monitoring reservoir and ecosystem response.

Tip Meckel (STORE personnel) – Structure and sedimentology. Evaluation of elevated pressure effects – seal and structure. Integration of field observations and theory.

Jean-Philippe (J.P.) Nicot (STORE personnel) – introduction to multiphase fluid flow modeling using GEM and other models, rock-water interaction. J.P. started his career as a mining geologist in North Africa and has worked on a variety of fluid flow problems.

Description: Carbon dioxide (CO2) injection in geological formations is a potential solution to enhance oil and gas recovery and to control anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Transport, storage, and sequestration of CO2 involve dispersion and chemical reaction in natural porous media. Screening of suitable formations for CO2 injection, seal rock integrity and strength and many other details control the success of any CO2 injection project. This course presents practical subjects related to CO2 injection in geological formations. The course is suitable for the students in geosciences or petroleum engineering programs. Both senior undergrad students and graduate students can learn and develop useful knowledge base on the cutting edge subjects of CO2 injection from this course.

Eight labs teach students the techniques to complete the term project, developing the complete plan for a real-world CCS project. Project can be aligned with thesis or other research.