Surface and Airborne Monitoring Technology for Detecting Geologic Leakage in a CO2-Enhanced Oil Recovery Pilot, Anadarko Basin, Texas

Distributed Autonomous System Laboratory

Collaborators and Students: 

Dr. Peter Clark (OSU-Chemical Eng.)

Dr. Jack Pashin (OSU-Geology) 

Dr. Tyler Lay (OSU-Civil)

Dr. Jamey Jacob (OSU-MAE).

Project Description: 

Ensuring safe, permanent storage of CO2 in geologic carbon sinks is vital for the success of geologic storage projects. The National Energy Technology Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy has set a goal of 99 percent storage permanence in carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) projects. The development of monitoring technology that is capable of validating storage permanence while ensuring the integrity of CCUS operations is essential for meeting the goals of CO2 emissions reduction, environmental protection, and human health and safety. The identification of leakage pathways is the focus of this proposal. The proposed research program focuses on the design and deployment of a dense grid of shallow subsurface and surface sensors in combination with low-altitude airborne Unmanned Aerial Vehicle based detection of CO2 and CH4. These technologies will be deployed in the Farnsworth Oil Unit in the Anadarko Basin of the northeastern Texas panhandle.


The OUS CO2 sensing UAS, the wide fuselage design was choes to provide sufficient space to let the gases interact with the sensors.  
The picture on the right shows the inside arrangement of the CO2 sensing box in the fueselage of the UAS.