contains information about a European research project (CO2SINK) dealing with research on geological storage of CO2 as a means of reducing green house gas emissions. The CO2SINK project is funded by the EU commission, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technologies (BMWi), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the industry.
The project is coordinated by the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences.
The main cause of climate change or global warming effects is believed to be the accumulation of the carbon dioxide (CO2) gas in the atmosphere. This accumulation is a result of the extensive burning of fossil fuels that began during the Industrial Revolution.
We can reduce the volume of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere by collecting and storing it deep underground. The concept is a simple one, but establishing whether the technique can be applied safely, defining the necessary effort for monitoring and selecting a suitable location in which to test is challenging. On this website, you will find details of experiments that will be conducted in a small geological reservoir located in Germany.
The CO2SINK project started in April 2004. The project centres on careful observation of the effects of injecting a significant amount of CO2 into a reservoir. The project team must demonstrate that the project will be safe and environmentally acceptable before any injection begins.
This website will provide information about the project as it develops, general material about CO2 capture and storage, and links to other sites. The site also contains a page where your views or questions can be posted to the project team.
The injection of CO2 has started on June 30th 2008.
Up to April 8th, 2012, 60.302 tons of CO2 are injected in the underground.