Carbon Management Initiatives at the VCCER
Since 2004, a major focus of the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research (VCCER) has been carbon management, beginning with our participation in phases 1 and 2 of the Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (SECARB), funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy. As part of SECARB, the VCCER contributed to the ongoing development of the Carbon Storage Atlas, established partnerships with coal companies, utilities, industry consultants, government entities and the general public, completed pilot projects to test storage of CO2 in coal seams in Virginia and Alabama, and participated in the SECARB-Ed project to provide regional education and outreach to train future professionals in the field of carbon capture and storage. Although the SECARB-Ed project has been completed, we continue to offer programs to professionals on this topic.
Moving forward in the area of carbon sequestration, the VCCER has completed phase 3 of an almost $15 million project from the National Energy Technology Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy to perform a larger scale test, injecting 20,000 tons of CO2 in unconventional reservoirs. One aspect of this project is enhanced coalbed methane recovery, potentially resulting in significantly increased revenue and value of reserves to offset the additional costs of carbon sequestration, which will be advantageous to the energy consumer as well as to the energy industry. The most important potential benefit, however, is the possible mitigation of global climate change because CO2 acts as a greenhouse gas, trapping heat in the earth’s atmosphere. This project ended in December 2017 and final reporting is now in progress.
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The VCCER’s Carbon Management Portfolio includes...
1. ESUP (lead by VCCER)
2. SECARB Offshore (VCCER subaward from Southern States Energy Board (SSEB)
1. SOSRA (VCCER subaward from SSEB)
2. ECO2S (VCCER subaward from SSEB)
SECARB Phase I (VCCER subaward from SSEB)
SECARB Phase II: Task 2: (VCCER subaward from SSEB)
SECARB Phase II: Task 10: (VCCER subaward from SSEB)
Biomass Briquetting Project
CO2 Small-Scale Injection Project results (lead by VCCER, completed 12/31/2017)
by Jenny Bowman, Technical Writer, National Energy Technology Laboratory