CarbFix

CarbFix is a collaborative research project led by Reykjavik Energy, that aims at developing safe, simple and economical methods and technology for permanent CO2 mineral storage in basalts. It was founded in 2007 by Reykjavík Energy, CNRS, the University of Iceland, and Columbia University.

In 2011-2014, the CarbFix project received funding through the 7th framework European Commission (EC coordinated action 283148). The partners involved in the project were; The University of Iceland, CNRS in Toulouse, France, Amphos21 in Barcelona, Spain, Nano Science center of Copenhagen University, Denmark, and the project leader Reykjavik Energy, Iceland. The first pilot injections took place during the project, and it was demonstrated that the solubility trapping of CO2 occurs immediately, and the injected carbon is trapped in minerals within a few years using the CarbFix injection method in basalt hosted storage reservoirs.

The CarbFix2 project aims on moving the demonstrated CarbFix technology from the demonstration phase to a general and economically viable complete CCS chain that can be used through Europe and throughout the world. CarbFix2 has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme  (Project ID 764760). Five partners are involved with the project; The University of Iceland, CNRS in Toulouse, France, Amphos 21 in Barcelona, Spain, Climeworks in Zürich, Switzerland, and the project leader Reykjavik Energy, Iceland.

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CarbFix in Science

13/05/2014 - 13:15

Sigurður R. Gíslason and Eric Oelkers, both members of the CarbFix Scientific Steering Committee recently published a Perspective in Science entitled "Carbon Storage in Basalt". The article e.g.

The CarbFix Project

 

The CarbFix team had demonstrated that over 95% of CO2 captured and injected at Hellisheidi geothermal Power Plant in Iceland was mineralized within two years. This contrasts the previous common view that mineralisation in CCS projects takes hundreds to thousands of years. Industrial scale capture and injection have been ongoing at the power plant since 2012.

 

 

 

GAS INTO ROCK FULL SUB from Orkuveita Reykjavikur on Vimeo.

The CarbFix2 Project

 

The main goal of the CarbFix2 project is to move the demonstrated CarbFix technology from the demonstration phase to a general and economically viable complete CCS chain that can be used through Europe and throughout the world. It is funded by the European Union through H2020 (Project ID 764760).

Five partners are involved with the CarbFix2 project; The University of Iceland, CNRS in Toulouse, France, Amphos 21 in Barcelona, Spain, Climeworks in Zürich, Switzerland, and the project leader Reykjavik Energy, Iceland.

 

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Media coverage, scientific publications, and other public documents regarding the CarbFix project.

CarbFix Job Opportunities

Reykjavik Energy, in collaboration with several partners, funded the Carbfix Project in 2007. The project aims at developing safe, simple and economical methods and technology for permanent CO2 mineral storage in basalts. The project is now moving the CarbFix technology from the demonstration phase to a general and economically viable complete CCS chain that can be used throughout the world. The company recently received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreements No. 764810 and 764760 for two projects to continue the development of these technologies: Science for Clean Energy (S4CE) and CarbFix2.

To achieve the goals of the funded projects we invite applications from highly self-motivated individuals for two positions within the Department of Research and Development, which is responsible for managing natural resources, innovation and technical development.

Research Scientists

The aim of the research is to quantify and understand processes related to re-injection of geothermal fluids and gases into the geothermal reservoir of the Hellisheidi co-generation power plant in SW Iceland. To this end, process flow data, a seismic dataset, fluid chemistry, tracer data and well log data as well as modelling studies are to be employed.

The successful candidates will work as part of a team of several researchers from Reykjavik Energy and other institutions and companies involved in the S4CE and CarbFix2 projects.

Applications

Initial appointment for both positions is for 24 months, and may be renewed contingent upon satisfactory performance and fund availability. The workplace is Reykjavik Energy headquarters located in Reykjavik, Iceland. Positions are available as of January 2018. To ensure full consideration, please send a letter of application and a full resume to carbfixjobs@or.is by November 30, 2017.

Applicants should clearly state whether they are applying for positions 1 or 2. Questions and inquiries should also be sent to carbfixjobs@or.is.

Research Scientist 1

Data processing of seismic data used to monitor induced seismicity related to injections to:

  • trace injected fluid flow
  • analyze operational functions that are likely to trigger seismic events
  • revise operational procedures and traffic light system in use to minimize risk of induced seismicity

Contribute to the ongoing development and calibration of the Hengill geothermal reservoir model.

Qualifications

A M.Sc. or a PhD degree in geophysics or a related discipline is required.

Experience in seismic data processing.

Geothermal and/or the oil & gas industry experience.

Excellent written/verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex findings in a structured and clear manner to technical and non-technical audiences.

Research Scientist 2

Development and application of field scale reactive transport models to simulate the fate of injected geothermal fluids and gases in the subsurface including:

  • Revision and incorporation of a thermodynamic dataset describing gas/water/rock reactions
  • Calibration of hydrological parameters (porosity and permeability) to field data (injection and production rates, tracer data)
  • Recommendations on optimal long-term injection strategies to maximize life time of reservoir and infrastructure and thereby lowering cost

Contribute to the ongoing development and calibration of the Hengill geothermal reservoir model.

Qualifications

A M.Sc. or a Ph.D. degree in hydrology, geosciences, geochemistry, chemical engineering or a related discipline is required.

Experience in conceptual and numerical modeling of hydrological and/or geochemical processes in subsurface systems with a good understanding of thermo-kinetic approaches and coupled thermo-hydro-chemical (THC) processes.

Geothermal and/or the oil & gas industry experience.

Excellent written/verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex findings in a structured and clear manner to technical and non-technical audiences.