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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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Brea Olinda CO2 Capture Presentation with Bridge Energy

The Stanford Center for Carbon Storage hosted a workshop presentation and discussion with Randall H. Breitenbach, Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Bridge Energy LLC, on July 1st, 2020, to regarding CO2 emissions of the Brea Olinda oil field in the Los Angeles basin, California.

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Overview of California Negative Emissions Report

Options for Negative Carbon Emissions in California
Presented by Sarah Baker, Deputy Group Leader, from Lawrence Livermore National Lab presented an Overview of California Negative Emissions Report.

Mark Coalmer presents OGCI Climate Investments - $1B for a Sustainable Low-Emissions Future

Achieving the Paris Agreement requires a combination of innovation and practical action. The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative consortium, which represents 32% of global operated oil and gas production, created the $1B+ Climate Investments fund to invest for a sustainable low-emissions future. Our growing portfolio includes “hard to abate” sectors across industrials and commercial transport, and this talk highlights these and our approach to implementing impactful solutions.