In early 2021, a multi-disciplinary team representing some the nation’s leaders in research, industry, and technology concluded nearly 20 years of work on the Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP) Carbon Storage Program. Formed in 2003, the collaborative initiative worked to assess the technical potential, economic viability, and public acceptability of carbon storage in ten states in the Midwestern U.S.
Led by scientists from Battelle and complemented by local and regional geology expertise from state geological surveys and universities and the participation of national laboratories and several major energy companies, the MRCSP has provided project leaders with a deep and comprehensive expertise in translating preliminary scoping and feasibility studies of CCUS (Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage) into successful field-scale projects that demonstrate the safe and efficient storage of more than a million metric tons of CO2.
This feat would not have been possible without our friends at Core Energy, LLC in Michigan, who made their oil fields available for the research and have enthusiastically collaborated with our scientists over the years. Characterization, modeling, and monitoring efforts in the Core fields have bolstered the science underlying CCUS to show that the CO2 can be safely injected and permanently stored in the subsurface. Furthermore, the measurement and life-cycle analysis help demonstrate the viability of CO2-EOR as an option for carbon mitigation concurrently with oil production to boost local economies. Additionally, the project involved extensive procurement efforts worth more than $50 million, with more than 50 research, commercial services, and supply-related businesses in the region.
Participants have made numerous findings over the course of nearly two decades of investigation that have contributed to the advancement of the process of CCUS. And now, they are making that research available to the public via the MRCSP Research Library! Housed on the website midwestccus.org, this library initially features nearly 30 papers, including a summary Final Technical Report, that represent the collective efforts of scientists working towards enhancing the effectiveness of energy exploration and solving the most pressing issues facing the globe.
Looking for something specific? In addition to these top-level reports, we have numerous documents detailing more focused research within the MRCI region available – contact us for more information and/or assistance finding what you need.
The MRCSP work has been funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fossil Energy program through the National Energy Technology Laboratory, with significant co-funding from the Ohio Coal Development Office in the Ohio Department of Development, Core Energy’s in-kind contributions, and numerous other partners.