Carbon capture and storage research

Borehole Fractures Hydrates Monitoring Caprock Reservoir rock Caprock Reservoir rock CCS research into fluid processes locations.

BGS has a large science facility with many different laboratories covering a wide range of topics. One of the areas being carbon capture and storage (CCS), that the fluid process research laboratories (FPRL) work on.

The FPRL include several specialist and complementary research laboratories, each investigating different technical aspects of the potential future storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) in geological systems.

This web tool provides a deeper insight into these experimental studies here at BGS, as we investigate the system controls such as fluid chemistry, pressure and temperature, biological presence, faults and the formations of new minerals.

For each FPR laboratory you can explore the following things:

  • the research areas of CCS that the laboratory is working on
  • why it matters
  • the processes being studied
  • the types of projects that are using these techniques

A key aspect of our excellent science is the equipment that is able to maintain controlled conditions over months or even years, because many of the processes that we study are slow.

Many items of equipment have been specially manufactured within the BGS workshops, or physically built into the laboratories.


Fracture Visualisation RigCCS research by the Fracture Physics Laboratory

CCS research by the Fracture Physics Laboratory is led by Robert Cuss.

See a video overview of CCS where the BGS and the University of Nottingham combined their research to create The Nottingham Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage.