Carbon Storage with MATLAB

Modelling the geological storage of carbon dioxide is difficult. This is principally due to the scarcity of data, the large spans in spatial and temporal scales & the delicate balance between differing physical flow mechanisms. As such, the co2lab module of the MATLAB Reservoir Simulation Toolbox (MRST) offers a set of simulators and workflow tools. It is built on top of MATLAB and specially designed to meet these challenges. It essentially combines results from more than a decade of MATLAB academic research & development in CO2 storage that is easy & intuitive to use.

In this recent webinar

Dr Francesca Watson from SINTEF in Norway demonstrated the functionality of MRST CO2lab module & how it is applied to the study of hypothetical carbon storage in large-scale aquifer systems, from the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

Francesca showed us tools and GUIs used in a workflow – from regional-scale estimates to detailed characterization of a specific site. This will include static capacity estimates

  • basic analysis of CO2 trapping mechanisms at a specific reservoir,
  • interactive simulation of CO2 injection into a reservoir, where various simulation parameters exist, e.g. well locations, injection rates and boundary conditions, can be varied through a GUI
  • how to setup a more detailed simulation of a particular CO2 injection site.

About the Presenter

Dr. Francesca Watson is a researcher in the Computational Geosciences Group at SINTEF Digital in Oslo. She has a PhD from Durham University, UK and specializes in reservoir simulation for CO2 storage.

Francesca has worked at SINTEF since 2018 & is involved in both software development and managing bi-annual releases of MRST software.

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