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The National Geosequestration Laboratory (NGL) is a world-class research and development facility established to advance carbon storage technologies that play a crucial role in achieving a low emission economy for Australia.

The challenge

Achieving a low-emission economy for Australia

Global warming, largely caused by increases in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, is a modern challenge. While various actions can be taken to reduce emissions, the size of the problem is so large that a mix of approaches is necessary.

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Narrator: All around us energy is being used in greater quantities than ever before. This creates enormous amounts of carbon dioxide or CO2.

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Carbon capture and storage, or CCS, is a key solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and may cut as much as 13 percent globally by 2050.

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It involves capturing and compressing CO2 emissions and storing them securely deep underground in a suitable geological site.

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This presents significant research challenges.

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The National Geosequestration Laboratory, or NGL, equips researchers with the facilities to apply the latest science to CO2 storage research.

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NGL scientists are researching safe and commercially-viable ways to transport and store emissions captured from large-scale industrial processes.

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With 48.4 million dollars of funding from the Australian Government, plus investment by the research partners, the NGL boasts some of the world’s most sophisticated carbon storage equipment and expertise.

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The NGL is a partnership between CSIRO, the University of Western Australia and Curtin University.

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Extensive research has already been conducted at the South West Hub Flagship project in Western Australia, identified as a potential CO2 storage site.

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The NGL also supports projects further afield and is increasingly attracting international interest to deliver global impact in CO2 storage technologies.

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The NGL is now ready and working with industry, for industry, to help secure a lower emissions future.

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Creating a world-class facility

The National Geosequestration Laboratory (NGL) provides critical research to develop innovative solutions that will minimise risk and uncertainty regarding the long-term underground storage of carbon dioxide.

The world-class, national facility is a collaboration between CSIRO, The University of Western Australia and Curtin University, and builds on the successes of the Western Australian Energy Research Alliance (WA:ERA) with the support of the WA department of Mines and Petroleum. The Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISR&T) provided $48.4m through the Government's Education Investment Fund to build the infrastructure and procure laboratory equipment to support Australia's first CCS Flagship, the South West Hub and other national and international CCS projects.

The results

Delivering innovative solutions

The NGL’s research and education infrastructure is being be used to:

  • provide innovative scientific and technological solutions for issues of carbon transport, injectivity and storage that are currently inhibiting broad deployment of commercial-scale CCS
  • design, test, and implement technologies for effective and efficient monitoring of carbon storage and verification of containment security to provide holistic risk management of CCS
  • develop and test strategies for public outreach, communication, and risk analysis to build public support and provide university research and training programs to enhance Australia’s capacity in carbon storage science and engineering.

The establishment of the NGL is a significant drawcard for attracting international research talent and cooperation and will provide opportunities for large scale collaboration on a local, national and international scale between government, industry and the community.

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