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Small scale laboratory design investigation of leakage of gaseous CO2 through heterogeneous subsurface system
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, LUVAL.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, LUVAL.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, LUVAL.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, LUVAL.
2012 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The technology for geological sequestration of carbon dioxide has been developed to reduce the CO2 emissions into the atmosphere from the use of fossil fuels in power generation and other industries. One of the main concerns associated with the geological storage is the possible leakage of CO2 into the shallow aquifers, for which effective detection methods are needed. The processes related to the spreading and trapping of CO2 in the reservoir formation and in supercritical conditions have received major attention and form the basis of understanding of CO2 trapping processes. Some of the CO2 may, however, also leak to the upper layers of the rock and all the way to land surface through faults and imperfections in the seal. A proper understanding and capability to detect such leaks is essential for a safe performance of any storage operation. This, in turn, involves a proper understanding of the processes related to the transport of gaseous CO2 in the nearsurface conditions, a topic that has received considerably less attention. The objective of this study is to analyze the transport and migration of gaseous CO2 in heterogeneous porous media, in controlled laboratory conditions. CO2 may reach the unsaturated zone by different leak mechanisms which may subsequently affect how and where it can be detected by leakage monitoring program. These mechanisms include exsolution from CO2 supersaturated water and continuous bubbling or gas flow along a leakage path. Below the water table, gaseous CO2 can also be trapped under capillary barriers. However, as more CO2 is supplied by leakage from below the water table, the pressure may at some point exceed the entry pressure of the barrier leading to a leak event. Similarly, fluctuations in the water table may also produce leak events of temporarily trapped CO2. In the unsaturated zone, the CO2 is heavier than air and may accumulate below ground surface and move laterally. The presence of heterogeneity influences both the movement and detectability of the CO2. Our laboratory experiment is designed and implemented for measuring CO2 distribution in time and space through the heterogeneous porous material. The CO2 concentrations through the domain are measured by using sensitive gas sensors. To better understand the consequences of CO2 leakage and how it can be detected, this study presents a conceptual model together with the design and setup of an experimental system to understand the transport, trapping and detectability of gaseous CO2 in a heterogeneous shallow geological system.

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2012.
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Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-321479OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-321479DiVA: diva2:1093307
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EGU General Assembly
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