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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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Accelerating CCUS Scale-Up for Achieving Carbon Neutrality

Sally Benson keynote presentation at SPE Virtual Improved Oil Recovery Conference, Aug 31, 2020

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Sally Benson lecture announcement

SPE WA Reducing Net Carbon Footprint Webinar: Prospects and Challenges for Carbon Capture and Storage: A California Perspective

Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) is a critical technology for deep decarbonization of the electricity and industrial sectors. As the 5th largest economy in the world, California is an interesting case study for examining the role that CCUS can play in achieving its ambitious mandate for a zero emission electrical grid by 2045 and goals for economy wide net zero emissions by 2045.

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SPELive: CCUS – Outlook, Drivers & Barriers

A discussion hosted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers - Oil and gas industry's decarbonization challenge: contributions from CCUS, innovations, and investments.


Nigel Jenvey, Gaffney, Cline & Associates | Gabrielle Walker, Valence Solutions | Mark Zoback, Stanford University | Mark Coalmer, OGCI Climate Investments


Femke Perlot-Hoogeveen, Deloitte Netherlands | SPE is sponsored by SPE Foundation