The U.S. Department of Energy published the fourth in a series of "best practices" manuals related to carbon capture and sequestration. (Click here to view the manual.)

The manual, "Site Screening, Site Selection and Initial Characterization for Storage of CO2 in Deep Geologic Formations," is intended for future project developers and CO2 producers and transporters. It can also be used to apprise government agencies of the best practices for exploring potential CO2 geologic storage sites and to inform the general public about the analyses conducted for potential storage sites.

The manual focuses on the exploration phase of the site characterization process and communicates analyses and guidelines for paring down potential sub-regions into qualified sites for geologic storage. Three described stages—site screening, site selection and initial characterization—include specific elements to be analyzed.

DOE said the manual does not promote one specific methodology for determining storage resources. Instead, it provides a framework for reporting resources calculated using methods developed by DOE, the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, the United States Geological Survey and others.

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