|DOE Under Secretary for Science, Steven Koonin, Visits PNNL
||2455377.530 June 2010
||PNNL hosted DOE Under Secretary for Science Steven Koonin on June 30th. Even though it was just a one-day visit, Dr. Koonin was briefed on CSI. Mark White presented STOMP and the GS3 modeling platform. Kevin Rosso discussed the EMSL instrumentation that has been modified for high temperature and pressure under IS3. Dr. Koonin was very interested and supportive of the capabilities and research at PNNL.
|GS3 Introduced During STOMP Short Course
||2455369.522 June 2010
||A STOMP Short Course was held by three CSI team members, Diana Bacon, Mark White, and Signe Wurstner, on June 22-23, 2010 at the Battelle headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, in conjunction with the Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership meeting. Short course attendees included faculty and graduate students from Western Michigan University, Geologic Survey representatives from the states of Ohio and Kentucky, Battelle Columbus scientists and engineers, and three engineers from American Electric Power. The short course comprised lectures and computer laboratories, where the students where introduced to a variety of subsurface simulations and challenged with simulation exercises. Lectures included an overview of the STOMP simulator and a demonstration of the Geologic Sequestration Software Suite, now under development. The laboratory problems were generally directed at geologic sequestration and included a number of classical code validation problems from the GeoSeq series and the more recent University of Stuttgart validation workshop.
|Scheibe and Tartakovsky Participate in International Conference on Computational Methods in Water Resources
||2455368.521 June 2010
||Tim Scheibe was a keynote speaker at the XVIII International Conference on Computational Methods in Water Resources. The conference was held June 21-24th in Barcelona, Spain. Alex Tartakovsky organized a special session on Microscale Reactive Transport Modeling.
|CSI Hosts Deep Biosphere Workshop
||2455351.54 June 2010
||CSI hosted a workshop on June 4, 2010 at PNNL on the role of the deep biosphere in GHG geologic storage. The workshop, organized by Alain Bonneville and Michael Wilkins, included Hilke Würdemann, senior research scientist at GFZ Potsdam, Germany, Bénédicte Ménez, a geomicrobiologist at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, France, Robin Gerlach, Center for Biofilm Engineering at Montana State University, Rick Colwell, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, and Fred Brockman, Michael Wilkins, and Kevin Rosso from PNNL.
Participants learned about the deep microbiology of the Columbia Basin basalts (Fred Brockman) that took place in the 1990’s as part of the Department of Energy’s Subsurface Science Program and more recent research in shallow systems at Rifle, Colorado (Michael Wilkins). Rick Colwell discussed the pre-injection microbial community in the Columbia River basalts at the CO2 storage site at Wallula. Continuing this theme in ultra mafic rocks, Bénédicte Ménez described laboratory experimentation on the impact of the deep biosphere at the Hellisheidi pilot site in Iceland. In what appears to be the first pre- and post-CO2 injection analysis of the microbial community, Hilke Würdemann discussed results from the Ketzin, Germany CO2SINK project. Biofilms and biomineralization during geologic carbon sequestration (Robin Gerlach) and new mineral/fluid geochemical probes for investigating processes during geologic sequestration (Kevin Rosso) were also discussed. Alain and Michael will be preparing a report and the presentations will be available on the CSI website.
|The Field Laboratory for CO2SINK at Ketzin, Germany
||2455350.53 June 2010
||Dr. Hilke Würdemann of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, presented a seminar on the first twenty months of CO2 injection at the Ketzin site in Germany. The Ketzin site was previously used to store natural gas and the CO2 is injected into an underlying saline formation at 650 m depth. During injection the pressure increases to supercritical conditions (P= 62 bars, T= 35°C). Dr Würdemann is directing the CO2SINK project, a consortium of approximately eighteen partners from universities, research institutes and industry from nine European countries.
|Distinguished Scientist Paul Meakin Visits PNNL
||2455271.516 March 2010
||Dr. Paul Meakin visited PNNL in March to discuss CCS programs in Norway. Paul divides his time between Idaho National Laboratory, where he leads the Laboratory’s Center for Advanced Modeling and Simulation, and the University of Oslo, Norway, where he is a professor at the Norwegian Center of Excellence for the Physics of Geologic Processes. Norway is one of the riches countries in Europe due to their energy reserves, yet has instituted the second highest carbon tax in the world. This approach has resulted in various clean energy projects, including CCS and hydrogen/gasoline hybrids for transportation. Paul discussed Statoil’s Sleipner and Snohvit CCS projects. Statoil, a Norwegian energy company, is also investigating enhanced gas recovery in shales using carbon dioxide and is involved in the In Salah project in Algeria.
In addition to his seminar, Paul had a full day of meetings with staff working on CSI and learned carbon sequestration research at PNNL. Paul is the author of more than 340 scientific papers and the book, “Fractals, Scaling and Growth Far from Equilibrium.” He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Paul earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Manchester, U.K., and his doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
|AAAS Session in San Diego
||2455247.520 February 2010
||Ellyn Murphy and Yong Wang sponsored the symposium, "Combating Global Emissions: The Urgent Need for a New Strategy in the Asia-Pacific Rim" at the recent annual meeting of AAAS in San Diego. Speakers from China, India, Canada and the United States participated in the discussion of new strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The energy base in China, India, and much of the Pacific Rim, as well as the U.S., is coal, a primary resource essential to the growth and stability of these countries. It will take decades and significant technological breakthroughs to replace this primary energy source. New strategies, including co-sequestration, were discussed that could help developing countries simultaneously reduce pollutants associated with ecosystem and human health, as well as carbon. Two members of the CSI Advisory Committee, Stefan Bachu (Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures) and Xiaochun Li (Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics, CAS, China) presented, along with Mike Davis (PNNL), and Malti Goel (Indian National Science Academy). Yong Wang gave a presentation from Dadi Zhou (Energy Research Institute, NRDC, China), who was unable to attend.
|White Appointed to SIAM Organizing Committee
||2455206.510 January 2010
||Mark White was invited to be a member of the organizing committee for the SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) Geosciences Conference. The conference will be held in Long Beach, California, March 20-24, 2011.
|Best Paper Nomination
||2455202.56 January 2010
||A conference paper written by Ian Gorton, Chandrika Sivaramakrishnan, Gary Black, Peter Hui, Karen Schuchardt, and Signe Wurstner, entitled “GS3: A Knowledge Management Architecture for Collaborative Geologic Sequestration Modeling,” was nominated for best paper at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. The presentation, given by Chandrika, led to discussions on how the framework can be applied to various science and engineering domains. A researcher from Jet Propulsion Laboratory was particularly interested in how a framework like GS³ could benefit the Mars Mission program where multi-disciplinary teams work on various simulations and tests performed over several years.
|GS3 Presented to the DOE Regional Partnerships
||2455153.518 November 2009
||On November 18th a presentation on GS³ was given to the DOE Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships Modeling Committee. This modeling committee is chaired by Brian McPherson, director of the Southwest Regional Partnership and includes representatives from all the Regional Partnerships. After a brief introduction on the Carbon Sequestration Initiative by Alain Bonneville, Mark White presented an overview of GS³ the guiding principles for development and the platform architecture. Signe Wurstner followed Mark with a live demonstration of GS³ to complete the presentation. The presentation was very well received. The wiki structure of GS³ captured the interest of the modelers and many in the audience took special note of the Southwest Regional Partnership sites that were highlighted in Signe’s demonstration. Brian McPherson expects several of the Regional Partnerships will want to use GS³. In addition, the data management portion of GS³ may be used in an upcoming modeling process project called SimSEQ conducted by Jens Birkholzer at LBNL.
The GS³ development team has been pushing hard all fall to make this presentation successful. So in addition to Mark, Signe and Alain, a special thanks to Gary Black, Ian Gorton, Chandrika Sivaramakrishnan, Karen Schuchardt, Peter Hui, Mark Williams and Mark Rockhold. This team’s efforts continue to be truly outstanding.
|Director of DOE's Office of Science Visits PNNL
||2455117.513 October 2009
||Dr. Bill Brinkman visited PNNL in October to learn about the science at the Laboratory. Pete McGrail and Ellyn Murphy presented PNNL research in capture and geologic sequestration. The focus of this presentation was on the role of science in CCS.
Pete provided innovative new research in carbon capture materials and his finding on the reactivity of water-wet supercritical carbon dioxide. Ellyn described the new research and capabilities being developed under CSI and the role of science over scales that span molecular to field.
|Tartakovsky wins prestigious Presidential Early Career Award
||2455073.530 August 2009
||• Alex Tartakovsky won the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). This award is the highest honor bestowed by the US government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. The award honors his research on subsurface flow and upscaling reaction processes.
|Secretary Chu visits PNNL
||2455053.510 August 2009
||Kevin Rosso presented the projects in the IS3 focus area to Secretary Chu during his tour of EMSL. The Secretary was very interested and provided some insights regarding the physics of the measurements under high pressure and temperature.
|Gorton Wins Laboratory Directors Award
||2455042.530 July 2009
||Ian was recognized as an international leader for solving challenging technical problems using innovative software engineering approaches, particularly in software architectures.