Landesstiftung BaWü: Large-scale numerical simulation of processes during CO2 storage in geologic formations

Department of Hydromechanics and Modelling of Hydrosystems

Funded by the Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg from 1st January 2010 until 31st December 2012

Project Description

In this project, we work on the development of an efficient parallel numerical simulator in three space dimensions that is able to simulate the full range of hydrological and geochemical processes necessary to describe the injection of CO2 on a regional spatial scale (say 30 km × 30 km × 300m), and on time scales relevant for the preferable mineral trapping of CO2. So far, either a limited number of processes or other simplifying assumptions could be treated in the existing simulators. With the new simulator, we will be able to predict more accurately the CO2 storage capabilities of a reservoir and provide information about site management, e.g. about the placement of water production wells for an active pressure management. Furthermore the efficient simulator can be used for risk assessment for a specific storage site. The simulator will be based on the software framework DUNE and the simulator DuMux developed in previous work.

Project manager

Bastian, Peter
Class, Holger
Flemisch, Bernd
Helmig, Rainer
Ippisch, Olaf

Research assistant

Walter, Lena




01/2010 - 12/2012


Landesstiftung Baden-Wuerttemberg

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