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Traveling over 9300 miles, across the Pacific, into the Southern Hemisphere, eight team members from the EERC journeyed to Melbourne, Australia, to participate in the Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT) conference. In the span of 4 days, five presentations were given, ten posters were presented, and four people served as session chairs for seven different topics.

Since 1997, GHGT has been the principal worldwide conference on greenhouse gas mitigation, specifically on CO2 capture and storage. Led by the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEAGHG), the GHGT conference serves as a platform for its 30 member countries to share and collaborate on their CO2 research. GHGT comprises over 70 technical sessions, 300 oral presentations, and 400 technical posters; GHGT brings together approximately 1000 industry professionals, academics, researchers, technical vendors, and government representatives.

“If you want to know what’s going on in the world of CO2 research, this is the conference to attend,” said Principal Engineer for Emissions and Carbon Capture John Kay, who was one of the EERC’s presenters.

Kay presented on the EERC’s research regarding the development of a postcombustion CO2 capture system on an existing coal-fired electric generating power plant. Kay emphasized the importance of the EERC’s participation in global events like GHGT.

“Conferences like this help cement our global relationships. Seeing people from all over the world and having the opportunity to have face-to-face discussions about this kind of research is huge,” Kay said. “The big payoff comes as future opportunities and new working relationships. People we meet remember us 6 months down the road; we get a lot of additional work just from making those connections and talking with the public about what we do.”

Other technical presentations included the work related to the EERC’s Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership, such as storage capacities for CO2 in geologic saline formations, updated CO2 modeling and simulation, and CO2 monitoring for enhanced oil recovery (EOR). Reservoir Engineer Chantsa Dalkhaa presented on the updated numerical modeling and simulation work as part of the Aquistore CO2 Storage Project. This project, located in Saskatchewan, Canada, is the world’s first commercial postcombustion carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) project from a coal-fired power-generating facility. Dalkhaa also served as a session chair for the conference.

The EERC’s Director of Subsurface R&D, Charles Gorecki, presented on the successes and lessons learned from the 15 years of the PCOR Partnership, one of many PCOR Partnership related presentations that have been presented at the GHGT conference series over the years. Beginning in 2003, the PCOR Partnership has grown to over 120 partners and has completed numerous field projects related to CCUS and its association with CO2 for EOR.

“The PCOR Partnership Program, led by the EERC, has been one of the leading global efforts developing the technologies to enable the widespread deployment of CCUS activities and has set the stage for additional research activities at the EERC and beyond,” said Gorecki. Gorecki also spoke of the various projects that have resulted from the PCOR Partnership, such as Project Tundra and North Dakota CarbonSAFE. “It has really been a privilege to work on the PCOR Partnership Program alongside an incredible group of scientists and engineers at the EERC and in our member companies.”

The GHGT conference is held every 2 years and typically rotates between North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.