CO2 React

The scientific objective of CO2-REACT is to significantly advance our understanding and our ability to store CO2 in the subsurface, through the combined efforts of expert European industrial and academic research teams working in different sectors but in related fields. The project will be the first to explore the fate and consequences of CO2 injections from the atomic to the field scale. The project will combine observations of real rock cores, with experiments exploring mineral-fluid interaction, and with computational studies and fundamental theory to understand dissolution, precipitation and mass transport in the subsurface. CO2-REACT will also explore CO2 capture and optimal conditions for injecting pure CO2 or CO2 rich gases into porous rocks. Advances will be tested at field scale at the CarbFix pilot site (Iceland) and on limestone and chalk cores. This combined approach will enable CO2-REACT to attain its main research aim: to develop practical knowledge and predictive tools for successful, long term, geological CO2 storage that can be integrated into industrial processes.

The training objective of CO2-REACT is to equip the next generation with innovative, multidisciplinary backgrounds for careers addressing the challenges of carbon storage in industry and academia. The broad scope of the CO2-REACT training will ensure awareness of the application of their own project to carbon storage in general and reinforce methods of communication between academic and industrial scientists. It will also produce candidates that are well qualified and confident for other positions, in a range of fields in industry, academia and government. Training will focus on developing capabilities across disciplines with additional skills in oral and written communication, project management and interpersonal skills.

The societal objective of CO2-REACT is to raise public awareness to the needs, challenges and safety issues in subsurface CO2 storage through an integrated public outreach plan. This includes contributing to open websites, participation in education aimed at children as young as 8 years, and dedicated public outreach forums with the goal of bringing the results of CO2-REACT to government, industry and the average citizen.

The CO2-REACT network will train 13 ESRs (Early Stage Researchers) and 1 ER(Experienced Researcher) and will bring together 6 academic and 6 industrial teams to work on the fundamental science and practical application of geological CO2 storage, from the atomic to the industrial scale.