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College Center Ballroom
The Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide in Basalt
Maylee Tan
Date:
April 22nd, 2022
Division:
Technology
Department:
Engineering and Physical Science
Mentor:
Angelo Esposito
Mentor's e-mail:
aesposito1@occ.cccd.edu
Author's e-mail:
mtan20@student.cccd.edu
Presentation Slides
Abstract:

The IPCC has established negative emission as one of the key climate mitigation solutions to achieve the global warming target of < 2°C [1]. Natural processes of sequestering carbon would take centuries to millennia to stabilize the carbon cycle, but it can be accelerated with industrial methods. Three sequestering methods are ex situ, surficial, and in situ carbon mineralization. Ex situ and surficial carbon mineralization sequester carbon dioxide on the surface. Currently, the most promising, permanent storage method is in situ carbon mineralization injecting and trapping carbon dioxide in geological formations. This study analyzes the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) of CarbFix basalt pilot project to determine the viability and the extent to which geological storage of carbon dioxide could mitigate climate change. The results are determined by looking at existing literature and data gathered from CarbFix. Geological storage of carbon dioxide holds uncertainty pertaining to long-term environmental response/feedback, so more research must be done to minimize risks. Even though the scale is still small, it is one long-term solution to climate change among other solutions.

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