In 2013, CO2CRC was awarded a $51.6M grant under The Federal Government’s Education Investment Fund. The purpose of the grant was to build research infrastructure supporting the Australian CCS Flagships scheme with an emphasis on the Victorian CarbonNet Project.

Advancing CCS research in Australia

CarbonNet is a state and federal government funded CCS flagship project. It investigates the potential for a commercial-scale CCS hub in Victoria, capturing emissions from industrial sources in the Latrobe Valley and geologically storing the emissions offshore in Bass Strait.

Together with CarbonNet, CO2CRC established CCSNET, a network of CCS research infrastructure at Australian research organisations. Between 2013 and 2020, CO2CRC delivered 51.6M in infrastructure and attracted together with its research partners from CSIRO, Australian National University, The University of Melbourne, The University of Adelaide, Federation University Australia and the University of Wollongong an additional $61M in co-funding for ongoing research.

The research infrastructure is being used to develop and advance new technologies to drive down the costs and make carbon capture and storage (CCS) a price-competitive emissions reduction technology. The infrastructure is also available for industrial research. You can contact CO2CRC for further information and how the assets can be accessed for your own research purposes.

Research assets include new scientific equipment for use in laboratories or for deployment in the field, in marine environments and in the subsurface. Furthermore, existing buildings and laboratories were upgraded, and deep wells were drilled to host the new equipment.

A similar investment by the Federal Government into CCS research assets under the Education Investment Fund was made for the CSIRO’s National Geosequestration Laboratory (NGL) in Western Australia. The combined investment of $100M into research infrastructure under CCSNET and NGL to advance the industrial deployment of carbon capture and storage has placed Australia firmly among global leading nations in CCS research.

Examples on the current use of the research infrastructure are provided below.

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Capture analytic equipment and laboratory

The purpose-built laboratory at The University of Melbourne hosts new analytic equipment for carbon capture research including novel solvent capture and compact membrane …

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Otway Subsurface Laboratory

A significant amount of funding was dedicated to expanding the subsurface infrastructure at CO2CRC’s Otway International Test Centre. The work program included the drilling …

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Dynamic CCS Modelling Platform

The Dynamic CCS Modelling Platform is a bespoke computer program specifically built for studying the full CCS value chain. It allows for analysis and decision-making …

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X-ray Micro Computed Tomography Lab

The Computer Tomography (CT) Lab at the Australian National University, houses state-of-the-art equipment, including a high-resolution scanning electron microscope and a micro CT scanner. Both instruments are being used as crucial …

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Bioreactor & Geomicrobiology Laboratory

The Bioreactor & Geomicrobiology Laboratory at The University of Melbourne is Australia’s only purpose-built laboratory for studying the effects of supercritical CO2 on subsurface microorganisms under reservoir conditions. It enables …

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Fluid Flow Equipment & Geochemistry Laboratory

The Fluid Flow Equipment & Geochemistry Laboratory at The University of Melbourne enables a large range of geochemical and coupled transport-geochemical research projects related to CO2 storage. Investigations include the impact of …

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Seismology Monitoring Network

Seismologists from The University of Melbourne are establishing protocols for instrumentation and network design for geophysical monitoring in noisy offshore storage sites such as those proposed by CarbonNet in the offshore…

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Marine Monitoring Network

CSIRO is researching procedures to monitor coastal waters and seabed processes to baseline the marine environment prior to CO2 injection over potential offshore storage sites. Data is gathered to understand how and where dissolved …

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Atmospheric Monitoring Network

Atmospheric scientists from the University of Melbourne and the University of Wollongong conducted research to validate the following three types of instruments and their ability to measure the concentration and variability of …

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