UW researchers discover major lithium resource in Wyoming; potential integrated brine production/CO2 storage system

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Researchers at the University of Wyoming Carbon Management Institute (CMI) discovered a major new lithium resource near Rock Springs during a geological carbon dioxide storage site characterization project sponsored by the US Department of Energy. We’re excited about this discovery and the prospect of creating a completely new industry in Wyoming.

DOE-sponsored project shows huge potential for carbon storage in Wyoming; potential for lithium recovery to offset cost

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The Wyoming Rock Springs Uplift could potentially store 14 to 17 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), according to results from a Department of Energy-sponsored study. This is equal to 250 to 300 years’ worth of CO 2 emissions produced by the Wyoming’s coal-fired power plants and other large regional anthropogenic CO 2 sources at current emission levels. The results could also lay the groundwork for a future large-scale carbon capture and storage project in Wyoming.

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DOE-sponsored drilling projects demonstrate significant CO2 storage at three sites

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Evaluation-related test drilling at geologic sites in three states that could store a combined 64 million metric tons of CO 2 emissions—an important component of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology development—has been completed in projects supported by the US Department of Energy (DOE). Rock Springs Uplift: Led by the University of Wyoming’s Carbon Management Institute, the project team—including industry partners Baker Hughes, Geokinectics Inc.;

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MSU-led regional team awarded $6M NSF grant to research biofuel, carbon capture technologies

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A regional interdisciplinary team led by Montana State University has received $6 million from the National Science Foundation to address questions about whether biofuels and carbon capture technologies can be sustainably introduced into the Upper Missouri River Basin. The basin contains parts or most of five states—Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska—and more than 20 Indian reservations.

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MSU moves forward with DOE-backed CO2 storage project in northern Montana

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The team includes four other universities, three national laboratories and five private sector companies and has experience with carbon storage projects in Washington, Wyoming, Canada, Illinois, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and internationally.

DOE Selects 19 Projects to Monitor and Evaluate Geologic CO2 Storage

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In order for low-cost electricity from coal-fired power plants to remain available, the DOE said, economical methods for capturing and storing the greenhouse gas emissions from these plants must be developed. Assess the risks associated with the placement of the CO 2 in geologic formations and the potential release of CO 2 from these formations after it is stored. Columbia University , New York, N.Y. Montana State University , Bozeman, Mont.

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DOE Selects 15 Projects Aimed at Secure CO2 Underground Storage

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The US Department of Energy has selected 15 projects to develop technologies aimed at safely and economically storing carbon dioxide in geologic formations. Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University (Stanford, Calif.) Clemson University (Clemson, S.C.) Clemson University researchers will evaluate the feasibility of using wellbore deformations to assess reservoir, caprock, and wellbore conditions. Montana State University (Bozeman, Mont.)

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DOE Regional Partnership Begins Core Sampling for Large-Volume Carbon Sequestration Test

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Coring of the Elk Point rock formations at Fort Nelson will provide researchers, geologists, and reservoir experts with characterization data of the carbonate formations that will be used to store the CO 2 and the impermeable shale layers above that will act as a cap rock to contain the CO 2.

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DOE to award up to $12.4M to 11 projects focused on shale gas and enhanced oil recovery

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EIA projects its wider use could result in EOR providing 33% of total domestic onshore production by 2035, while helping store millions of tons of CO 2 emissions from power plants and industrial sources. Texas A&M University (College Station, TX) - A Geomechanical Analysis of Gas Shale Fracturing and Its Containment.

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