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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


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



Research Areas

Reservoir Characterization for Storage

Accelerated Trapping and Footprint Control

Enhanced Recovery from O&G Reservoirs

Unconventional CO2 Reservoirs

Low-Cost High-Quality Monitoring

Techno-Economic and Policy Analysis






SCCS Speaker Series: Keith Pronske (CEO) Clean Energy Systems

Clean Energy Systems has developed  game-changing technology that is revolutionizing the power industry by eliminating the traditional exhaust stack and making zero-emission power a reality.  On November 19, 2019 Keith Pronske (CEO) gave a lecture entitled “Carbon-Negative Energy and Renewable Hydrogen Projects:  An Opportunity for California.”

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Webinar: Oil and Gas in the Era of Decarbonization presented by Dr. Mark Zoback

Dr. Mark Zoback presents a webinar regarding the new abundance of natural gas resources (from both conventional and unconventional sources) and ever-expanding LNG capabilities which will provide opportunities for fuel switching from coal to natural gas around the world.

Dr. Mark Zoback at Energy Symposium

Dr. Mark Zoback speaks at the OU Price College of Business annual Energy Symposium

Dr. Mark Zoback Professor of Geophysics and Director of the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative, Stanford University speaks at the OU Price College of Business annual Energy Symposium.


The Stanford Center for Carbon Storage (SCCS) is a membership-based industrial affiliates program. Membership is available to all interested companies, government agencies, and non-profits. Please contact Sarah Saltzer, managing director of SCCS for more information. (