GECO Summer School 2020

“Carbon Capture and storage: Mineral Storage of CO2

University of Reykjavik (RU) – Reykjavik, Iceland


This workshop is run by the H2020 project GECO (Geothermal Emission Control) which focuses on lowering the emissions from geothermal power plants by capturing them for either reuse or storage. The GECO project uses carbon capture and storage methods previously developed in Iceland, and emission gas reuse schemes to reduce geothermal production emissions in different geological settings, and therefore, standardize the application on a global scale.

The GECO project was launched in 2018 and builds upon the success of CarbFix which succeeded to develop a safe and economical method to store CO2 as solid carbonate minerals within the subsurface. Currently, GECO is testing this technology in geologically-diverse reservoirs in Europe, and in different scales of geothermal power plants development.

This short course will introduce the participant to the concept of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and its role towards reaching the goals of the Paris agreement with special emphasis on mineral carbonation. The course will introduce the key technologies applied for capturing and injecting CO2 from power plants and industrial processes and special emphasis will be placed on their integration into geothermal power plants.

The mineral carbonation concept will be introduced, and the key chemical reactions and the geological conditions needed to achieve permanent storage will be reviewed.

The operational history of the CarbFix carbon mineralisation project at the Hellisheiði Power plant will be introduced taking into account lessons learned, costs, the challenges, risks, monitoring, validating and public consultation on the project.

The potential World-wide application of mineral carbonation will be addressed.

The course includes short group assignments (Hackathon) where participants will have the opportunity to work on topics within the CCS whole chain starting at power plant condensers to the permanent mineral storage in a geological reservoir.



Course Outline:        

Day 1

08:00-09:00 Registration and coffee
09:00-10:30 Introduction (Climate change and the role of CCS).
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 Mineral carbonation (The process, current status and the CarbFix technology)
12:30-13:30 Lunch break
13:30-15:30 Group assignments on selected CCS topics
15:30-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-17:00 Advancing mineral carbonation worldwide


Day 2 

09:00-10:30 CCS operations risks, challenges, monitoring and validation
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 Group presentations. Opportunities and future deployment
12:30-13:30 Lunch break
13:30-17:00 Field trip to the Hellisheiði Power plant and the CarbFix injection site

Click below to register:

Course capacity: 50 participants (admission is on the basis of first come first served. We highly encourage gender balance and diversity in participation, and GECO reserves to itself the right to tailor the participation to meet this balance). A confirmation e-mail will be sent to admitted participants by mid-March.


UPDATE: GECO Summer School is currently postponed to 19-20 May 2021, in conjunction with the World Geothermal Congress 2021. 

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