Carbonation Mechanism of Reservoir Rock by Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Geothermal Lab Call Project

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Project Title Carbonation Mechanism of Reservoir Rock by Supercritical Carbon Dioxide
Project Type / Topic 1 Laboratory Call for Submission of Applications for Research, Development and Analysis of Geothermal Technologies
Project Type / Topic 2 Supercritical Carbon Dioxide / Reservoir Rock Chemical Interactions
Project Description Supercritical CO2 is currently becoming a more common fluid for extracting volatile oil and fragrance compounds from various raw materials that are used in perfumery. Furthermore, its use as a heat transmission fluid is very attractive because of the greater uptake capability of heat from hot reservoir rock, compared with that of water. However, one concern was the reactivity of CO2 with clay and rock minerals in aqueous and non-aqueous environments. So if this reaction leads to the formation of water-soluble carbonates, such formation could be detrimental to the integrity of wellbore infrastructure.
State New York
Objectives Elucidate comprehensively the carbonation reaction mechanisms between the supercritical carbon dioxide and reservoir rocks consisting of different mineralogical compositions in aqueous and non-aqueous environments, and to develop chemical modeling of CO2 - reservoir rock interactions.
Awardees (Company / Institution) Brookhaven National Laboratory

Partner 1 LATICRETE International, Inc.
Partner 2 Sandia National Laboratory

Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-PS36-09GO99017
DOE Funding Level (total award amount) $334,000.00
Total Project Cost $334,000.00

Principal Investigator(s) Thomas Butcher

Targets / Milestones This project is divided into five tasks:

- Task 1: Chemical analyses of bore core samples taken from reservoir rock formation.
- Task 2: Carbonation study of minerals.
- Task 3: Mechanical behaviors of carbonated minerals.
- Task 4: Modeling of CO2- reservoir rock interactions.
- Task 5: Preparation of report covering the four tasks previous task, which will be submitted to DOE.

Location of Project Upton, NY

Funding Source American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
References EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs[1]


  1. EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs