DOE awards MicroSeismic over $1 million to support CO2 sequestration

World Oil Staff June 13, 2023

(WO) – MicroSeismic, Inc. will receive $1,096,839 as part of a Phase 2 Department of Energy SBIR Grant program in support of scientific energy innovation and clean energy development.

The Phase 1 DOE/SBIR grant MicroSeismic received in 2022 covered the modeling, design, and planning for the installation, and operation of a turnkey microseismic monitoring service in support of CO2 sequestration, and the selection of a test site on which to validate the service.

The Phase 2 DOE/SBIR grant will fund a test project that will include installation of a system under the brand name CO2SeQure, which consists of a permanent BuriedArray of microseismic sensors, autonomous data collection and telemetry, and automated event detection and location, all connected to the CCS facility operations center. MSI has evaluated several potential sites including CarbonSAFE projects and has a final list of three projects from which to select the optimal production site.

The new MSI monitoring service, which is based on its BuriedArray passive seismic monitoring system, will help ensure the safe, efficient, and compliant operation of industrial scale CO2 storage facilities.  The system can efficiently and economically detect and allow for mitigation of induced seismic hazard, monitor the integrity of the storage reservoir and track the growth of the injection plume and pressure field.

Dr. Peter M. Duncan, CEO & Founder of MicroSeismic said, “Even though this service is based on our 20 years of experience in oil field microseismic monitoring, the field trials will allow us to tune this service to the specific needs of the sequestration industry. Safe and efficient geologic sequestration of CO2 will require monitoring, reporting, and validation (MRV) during injection to ensure the integrity of the storage formation and caprock. It is vital for the environment to monitor and measure the extent of the CO2 plume so that injection rates can be controlled and leakage as well as induced seismicity from the geological reservoir can be prevented.”

Charles D. Gorecki, CEO of Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) said, “The permanently installed shallow BuriedArray system proposed by MSI seems to have potential to achieve a robust 24/7 monitoring system to support CCS project development (through geologic storage), with the ability to accurately detect induced seismicity, monitor cap rock/storage reservoir integrity and potentially track the CO2 plume front via 3D/4D seismic recording.”

Through the DOE Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, the federal government enables and encourages small businesses that power the U.S. economy and generate thousands of jobs, both directly and indirectly.

The DOE SBIR/STTR awards seek to transform DOE-supported science and technology breakthroughs into viable turnkey products and services. The awards also support the development of specialized technologies and instruments that aid in scientific discovery.

The company has received three grants in total from the DOE, and MicroSeismic continues to thrive as it repurposes its extensive geophysical expertise in support of a net-zero initiative.

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