Comparison of CO2 detection methods tested in shallow groundwater monitoring wells at a geological sequestration site

H. M. Edenborn, Dorothy J. Vesper, Jinesh Jain, Abbas Iranmanesh, Bracken Wimmer, Randy Locke

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Abstract

The geological storage of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO (sub 2) ) is one method of reducing the amount of CO (sub 2) released into the atmosphere. Monitoring programs typically determine baseline conditions in surface and near-surface environments before, during, and after CO (sub 2) injection to evaluate if impacts related to injection have occurred. Because CO (sub 2) concentrations in groundwater fluctuate naturally due to complex geochemical and geomicrobiological interactions, a clear understanding of the baseline behavior of CO (sub 2) in groundwater near injection sites is important. Numerous ways of measuring aqueous CO (sub 2) in the field and lab are currently used, but most methods have significant shortcomings (e.g., are tedious, lengthy, have interferences, or have significant lag time before a result is determined). In this study, we examined the effectiveness of two novel CO (sub 2) detection methods and their ability to rapidly detect CO (sub 2) in shallow groundwater monitoring wells associated with the Illinois Basin - Decatur Project geological sequestration site. The CarboQC beverage carbonation meter was used to measure the concentration of CO (sub 2) in water by monitoring temperature and pressure changes and calculating the P (sub CO2) from the ideal gas law. Additionally, a non-dispersive infrared (NDIR) CO (sub 2) sensor enclosed in a gas-permeable, water-impermeable membrane measured CO (sub 2) by determining an equilibrium concentration. Results showed that the CarboQC method provided rapid (< 3 min) and repeatable results under field conditions within a measured concentration range of 15 - 125 mg/L CO (sub 2) . The NDIR sensor results correlated well (r (super 2) = 0.93) with the CarboQC data, but CO (sub 2) equilibration required at least 15 minutes, making the method somewhat less desirable under field conditions. In contrast, NDIR-based sensors have a greater potential for long-term deployment. Both systems are adaptable to in-line groundwater sampling methods. Other specific advantages and disadvantages associated with the two approaches, and anomalies associated with specific samples, are discussed in greater detail.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAbstracts with Programs - Geological Society of America
Place of PublicationChampaign, IL
Volume48
Edition5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

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    Edenborn, H. M., Vesper, D. J., Jain, J., Iranmanesh, A., Wimmer, B., & Locke, R. (2016). Comparison of CO2 detection methods tested in shallow groundwater monitoring wells at a geological sequestration site. In Abstracts with Programs - Geological Society of America (5 ed., Vol. 48). https://doi.org/10.1130/abs/2016NC-275288