(562aq) Pore Scale Investigation of CO2 Storage and Bioconversion in Deep Saline Aquifers Using High Pressure Micromodels
This talk will first highlight the latest results obtained at ICMCB concerning the application of the GLoCs to study the invasion processes of CO2 in water and brine saturated GLoCs. In particular, direct optical visualization and image treatments allow following the evolution of the CO2/brine phase distribution within the pores, including displacement mechanisms and pore saturation levels. We will then present some ongoing works aiming at integrating in situ spectroscopy techniques in HP microreactors to get information about the dissolution and mineralization trapping. We have developed an experimental set-up to recreate 3D reactive porous media within a microfluidic channel (fixed packed bed of calcium carbonate). Thanks to X-ray laminography carried out at the ESRF, we have observed on reconstructed 2D images, the dissolution phenomena occurring during the successive injection of constant volumes of non-equilibrium solution. This proof of concept has opened new possibilities for using this methodology to acquire kinetic data on 3D reactive front phenomena in porous media.
Eventually, we will introduce the use of GLoCs as a significant tool to mimic the in situ biogeological reservoirs conditions to investigate CO2 bioconversion (in the frame of the ERC project âBig Macâ). These tools could also find wider applications in geological-related studies such as Enhanced Oil Recovery, shale gas recovery or geothermal energy.