A team at Research Center for Gas Innovation (RCGI) is conducting a study – Pilot Cavern, expected in 2022. This concept is Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) as large caves in the salt layers will store CO2. Moreover, it will be a good practice to obtain clean energy from a fossil fuel at the time of production.
The first result for Pilot Cavern research will come out in four years from now. The main aim for this study is to resolve one of the world’s greatest oil and gas exploration challenges. The challenges to solve are methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2) emission in the atmosphere.
Team to Soon Decide on the Test Site
The initial test site of the pilot cavern is unknown. But, it will be in one of the areas that hold pre-salt oil fields. During this initial phase, caverns of half the size will come into use when the technology is operating at full capacity. That is, it means 450 meters in height and 150 meters in width.
Carbon gas capture can also occur during ethanol generation. The gas may be stored or used in the food industry. By doing this, negative emission values can be obtained. The experiments are still out on process on a small scale. The researcher expects that at least the initial cavern construction tests will take place by 2022.