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SPE Live: Chemical Considerations of CCUS and New Energy Development

Many upstream organizations have initiated ambitious projects for assessment and development of new energy sources. In addition to the mature source of geothermal energy, additional energy sources under development include hydrogen, biomass conversion, and CO2-conversion products. Many of these new energy projects are managed coincident with separate projects that aim to conduct carbon capture and underground storage (CCUS). Recent work has found that both the maturation of these resources and CCUS presents some unique chemical challenges. And while not all of these sources have subterranean applications, the development of these resources will benefit from the expertise of upstream subject matter experts (specifically in chemical and geochemical specialties). To coincide with the 2023 SPE International Conference on Oilfield Chemistry, this SPE Live session discusses some of the unique chemical and geochemical considerations of CCUS and of new energy source development. These topics include: CCUS and geothermal energy development demand innovative chemical materials and studies to deliver well construction and reservoir access that meets or exceeds those of traditional producer and injector wells. These unique solutions include development of experimental techniques to assess the effectiveness of these techniques. CO2 and hydrogen in downhole reservoirs may experience unexpected geochemical phenomena. This session discusses some of these phenomena and how they may impact the design of and chemical considerations for these wells. What should upstream chemical professionals know about emerging energy sources such as hydrogen, CO2 conversion, and biomass conversion? Panelists discuss expertise needs to support the development of these sources.  

Stephnie Peat, Laboratory Manager for Scaled Solutions USA.
Manika Prasad, Ph.D., Professor of Geophysics at Colorado School of Mines and Director of the Mines CCUS Innovation Center
Ian Rowe, Ph.D., Technology Manager with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office.

Moderated by
Michael J. Fuller, Ph.D., Senior Completions Subject Matter Expert at Chevron.

Wednesday, March 08, 2023 | 09:00:AM – 09:30:AM CT