Thesis Defense by Brandon Poiencot

CCEC School of Engineering extends an invitation to attend Brandon Keith Poiencot’s Thesis Defense on 11 April 2012 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Building 50 / Room 3412.



TITLE: “The Preliminary Feasibility of Transporting and Geologically Sequestering Carbon Emissions in the Florida Pan-Handle.”




Climate Change and Global Warming are hot-button issues that have garnered plenty of attention over the last decade.  The focal point of these issues has centered on greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide (CO2) being the most prevalent.  According to the United States Department of Energy, fossil-fueled power plants account for 78% of stationary source CO2 emission in the United States and Canada.  This fact has led electric utilities across the globe to research different alternatives for energy.  Carbon sequestration has been identified as a bridge between fossil fuels and clean energy.  The feasibility of geologic sequestration is a function of many attributes including those related to site geology, geography, environment, engineering, and economics.  This paper will present research regarding the transportation costs of carbon dioxide and the suitability of geology in Florida for sequestration infrastructure.  The study will utilize various evaluation tools including GIS, numerical models, and optimization models.  The overall planning and feasibility methodology is an adaptation of existing published frameworks for large water resources projects and for aquifer, storage and recovery (ASR) wells.  The application of the new methodologies was demonstrated for geologic sequestration alternatives in Florida.


The results from the preliminary studies indicate that Florida contains several suitable geologic sequestration storage repositories in close proximity to major carbon dioxide emission sources.  The suitable storage repositories include depleted oil reservoirs and extensive saline aquifers.  The preliminary research has also produced a transportation cost model for CO2 pipelines in Florida, revised capacities for the proposed repositories and the framework for a statewide CO2 pipeline network.  This report will investigate the overall feasibility of geologic sequestration in Florida which is controlled by geologic suitability of the repositories, transportation and storage costs to the repositories, and local host considerations.  The significance of this study is that it is the first real full feasibility study of a state-wide geologic sequestration infrastructure for Florida, USA.  Also, the overall planning and feasibility framework is original and could be utilized for other potential project areas around the world.