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Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage is a key technology for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Recent changes to the tax code (45Q) provide a tax credit to power plants and industrial facilities that capture and store CO2 that would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere. The Stanford Center for Carbon Storage uses a multidisciplinary approach to address critical questions related to flow physics, monitoring, geochemistry, and simulation of the transport and fate of CO2 stored in partially- to fully-depleted oil fields, saline aquifers, and other unconventional reservoirs.

"Expanding Carbon Capture and Storage technology to a Gt-CO2 per year scale will require significantly more research to provide assurances that selected sites will be able to secure CO2 safely and effectively.“   - Sally Benson

Research Areas

Accelerated Trapping and Footprint Control
Enhanced Recovery from O&G Reservoirs
Low-Cost High-Quality Monitoring
Reservoir Characterization for Storage
Techno-Economic and Policy Analysis
Unconventional CO2 Reservoirs

Stanford Faculty Involved in Research Supported by the Center

Geochemistry and Carbon Capture
  • Bill Mitch
  • Kate Maher
Systems and Economic Analysis
  • Adam Brandt
  • Sally Benson
Geomechanics and Geophysics
  • Tiziana Vanorio
  • Biondo Biondi
  • Mark Zoback
Reservoir Engineering
  • Hamdi Tchelepi
  • Lou Durlofsky
  • Anthony Kovscek
  • Lynn Orr
  • Sally Benson


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My Climate Journey | Episode 146: Sarah Saltzer, Managing Director of the Stanford Center for Carbon Storage at Stanford University

Sarah Saltzer was featured on the March 1 podcast series “My climate Journey” hosed by Jason Jacobs.  My Climate Journey is a show devoted to sharing discussions, debates, and stories from the front lines from practitioners trying to solve this complicated climate change puzzle.  Link to Podcast

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The night Barack Obama claimed victory in the Democratic presidential primaries in 2008, he predicted future generations would look back and say, “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”

That turned out to be wrong. Earth kept getting hotter, the oceans kept rising, and Donald Trump spent four years undoing many of the clean energy policies adopted by his predecessor.

Report offers roadmap for CCS to help Calif. achieve climate goals, set example for others

OCT 27, 2020
By Kara Glenwright

Capturing and storing carbon dioxide can significantly help California meet its aggressive goals to combat climate change, according to a joint study that lays out a roadmap for the state and an example for other governments.