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CO2GeoNet - Network of Excellence on the geological sequestration of CO2

CO2GeoNet - Network of Excellence on the geological sequestration of CO2

CO2GeoNet  is the European scientific body on CO2 geological storage. 

The Association currently comprises 26 research institutes from 19 European countries, and brings together over 300 researchers with the multidisciplinary expertise needed to address all aspects of CO2 storage.

With activities encompassing joint research, training, scientific advice, information and communication, CO2GeoNet has a valuable and independent role to play in enabling the efficient and safe geological storage of CO2.

CO2GeoNet was created in 2004 as a Network of Excellence supported by the EC FP6 programme for 5 years.

In 2008, CO2GeoNet became a non-profit association under French law, active on both the EU and global scene.

From 2013, the membership of CO2GeoNet expanded thanks to the support of the now completed FP7 CGS Europe project.

New Members continue to join CO2GeoNet to further enhance the pan-European coverage and expertise of the Association.  

Our contribution

We were a founding member of CO2GeoNet, and have been extremely active in almost all aspects of research and networking conducted by the Network. 

During the EC-funded period, our work focussed on the areas of site assessment, monitoring technology testing, potential impact studies, and scientific dissemination / communication.

A large portion of our work was conducted at the Latera test site, where the escape of deep-origin, naturally-produced CO2 at the ground surface provides an excellent natural laboratory to assess numerous aspects related to the safety of geological CO2 storage sites.

At this location we conducted near-surface gas geochemistry and structural geology suveys, created computer models to simulate gas migration in fractured media of the site, tested new and innovative methods for monitoring and impact assessment (such as open path infrared lasers, remote sensing, geophysical surveys, biological surveys, etc.).

We also conducted work at the marine site located off of Panarea Island, just north of Sicily, where naturally produced CO2 is released from the sea floor into the overlying water column.

Our scientific team, together with CO2GeoNet partners, looked at how COinduced changes in geochemistry can affect the submarine ecosystem and performed experiments to better understand CO2 transfer mechanisms.

In addition, we designed and constructed a first prototype, together with network partners, of a submarine geochemical monitoring station which was deployed on a marine buoy off the coast of Trieste in the Adriatic sea.

Finally our group has also been heavily involved within the dissemination and communication activities of  CO2GeoNet. 

We have been active in organising workshops and out-reach programs, creating information brochures, and conducting sociological / psychological studies into the public’s knowledge, concerns, and opinions on geological CO2 storage.

 

CO2GeoNet Brochure "What does CO2 Geological Storage really mean?" available in 27 languages.

 

General Information:

www.co2geonet.com

CORDIS Web Site

Period: 2004-2009