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Science Bulletins Will Profile Carbon Capture Experiment

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This week, a producer with the Museum’s multimedia online and exhibition program Science Bulletins is heading to the North Sea to create a documentary film about a long-running experiment in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS): a process where high-pressure carbon dioxide, a byproduct of energy production that contributes to global warming, is buried underground until it incorporates into the rock.

The experiment, which began in 1996, is known as the Sleipner Project and operated by the energy company Statoil. So far, the Sleipner Project has injected 14 million tons of carbon dioxide into a well-studied reservoir of porous sandstone approximately 1,000 meters below the seabed. Using various methods to monitor the injection and concomitant underground spreading of the carbon dioxide, scientists are learning how this new technology could be used on a greater scale.

To tour the operations at Sleipner, Science Bulletins producer Sandya Viswanathan will travel to a platform in the North Sea, located an hour by helicopter off the coast of Norway. Then, she will head to the University of Bonn in Germany to speak with scientists who are trying to re-create the conditions of CCS injection in the lab. Viswanathan will be sending photos and dispatches from her trip for the next seven days. Follow her trip on Twitter and Flickr.

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