DOE-NETL Review Panel

Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) scientist David Morse was invited to the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (DOE-NETL) in Pittsburgh to be one of five Merit Review Panel members to review the DOE-NETL in-house carbon sequestration research. Other panelists included geochemist John Kaszuba, Professor of Geology at the University of Wyoming, and Michael Moore, Vice President of Business Development and External Affairs for Blue Source LLC, a carbon capture and storage (CCS) and carbon management company. Additionally, two panelists from DOE headquarters attended, Regis Conrad, Advanced Research Program Manager, and William Fernald. The NETL research staff project leaders presented talks on geophysical monitoring, verification, and accounting (MVA), integrity of seals, sequestration reservoirs, geochemical MVA, CO2-water-rock interactions, multi-scale multi-phase flow, and studies of methane (CH4)/CO2 gas exchange in hydrates. The ISGS makes direct contributions to the Reservoirs Project through its efforts on the Carbon Sequestration Atlas of the United States and Canada and on developing an improved understanding of factors that control capacity and injectivity of CO2 in saline formation storage reservoirs. The ISGS also cooperates with DOE on techniques and developments related to the DOE—supported Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium projects.