LYTT has partnered with SINTEF to demonstrate the effectiveness of novel technology to monitor CO2 transport and migration in storage reservoirs
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) will be a vital tool for keeping global carbon emissions to a minimum and even provide net CO2 removal. This is particularly critical for traditional energy asset owners as they balance their pivotal role in the energy production supply chain with a growing recognition of their power to help mitigate the climate crisis.
LYTT and SINTEF found tracking dynamic multiphase flow to be a key issue when monitoring the long-term effectiveness of CCS solutions. For underground storage of CO2, understanding the storage site is crucial. However, the collaborators have highlighted that following the journey of CO2 from ground level to storage, such as during injection, is also critical and can be realised through investment in innovative subsurface intelligence gathering tools.
Christian Brekken, project manager at SINTEF Multiphase Flow Laboratory, said, “CCS will play an increasingly important role in facilitating a low carbon society as the 2050 deadline draws closer. Working to accelerate the adoption of CCS is therefore a critical piece of the emissions reduction puzzle, and advances in monitoring will help build trust in the technology to pave the way for a net zero future.”
Nils Røkke, executive vice-president sustainability, SINTEF, added, “Limiting global warming to well below 2ºC is fundamental for all industries – particularly energy. From current levels, the CCS market must scale by the hundreds by 2050 to help keep the world on track and limit the effects of the climate crisis. Storage capacity will be needed at scale and in different geological settings – both offshore and onshore.”
Tommy Langnes, co-founder, LYTT, concluded, “LYTT’s offering centres on a framework of novel fiber optic sensor feature extraction and pattern recognition algorithms which have been industrially proven to help improve operational efficiency, reduce cost and manage risk.”
“LYTT is working to develop a CCS monitoring solution to ensure the integrity and performance of CCS systems, monitor containment and de-risk the process. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with SINTEF to build industry trust in CCS as a permanent climate change solution.”