Biosurveillance Platform Technology for Low Carbon Energy Industry - Energy
The capabilities developed in the energy business and related subsurface experience is directly applicable to a range of subsurface applications in the carbon storage, geothermal, and rare mineral mining space. These applications have a common need to further characterize the subsurface environment and track the movement of fluids, whether it is displaced brine or hydrocarbons in the case of carbon storage, injected water in geothermal facilities, or leeching progress in subsurface mining applications. We continue to look for partners to further develop and commercialize new capabilities.
Carbon Capture and Storage is now accepted as the only technologically viable method to mitigate carbon emissions and control climate change, while enabling hydrocarbon-producing countries to meet zero-carbon targets. Biosurveillance of the diverse microbiome population in the subsurface allows for additional subsurface insights in 4 key areas: Single well monitoring for CO2 front detection and plume movement, co-mingled fluid differentiation, Fluid tracking for vertical conformance and cap rock breakthrough, and secondary impacts estimation for methane production, souring and corrosion rate. Additionally, biosurveillance allows for integration with other subsurface data to better manage sequestration operations and maximize the co2 storage capacity necessary for meeting zero carbon targets.
High temperature geothermal applications face similar optimization challenges as traditional energy wells to maximize production in challenging subsurface environment with limited tools for surveillance. Biosurveillance has the potential to monitor injector producer interaction, asses thermal efficiency and identify microbial souring and corrosion risks before asset failure to increase uptime and lower operating costs.