The UP Department of Geology Carbon Storage (UP-CS) Working Group conducts research on various geological approaches to store anthropogenic CO2 and reduce carbon emissions to the atmosphere. Established in 2012, under the auspices of Prof. Wladyslaw Altermann, Kumba-Exxaro Chair, the working group conducts research on two main streams of CO2 storage: Mineral Carbonation in mine tailings and Geosequestration in deep formations, in a team of BSc Honours, MSc and PhD students working on various research projects. It is currently the largest CO2 storage working group in South Africa.
The main goals are to grow and increase our research output on the topic of Carbon Storage and to contribute to the growing demand for knowledge on climate change mitigation strategies. We thrive to increase the local talent pool, attract as much local and international collaborations, and amass the necessary infrastructure to realise these goals. Posters, abstracts and papers in various conferences around the country and at several international conferences and journals were presented. A close collaboration with various institutions like the South African Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage (SACCCS) and Council for Geoscience (CGS), Universities of Halle and Darmstadt in Germany, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the University of Oslo, in Norway exist. Our postgrad students visit laboratories and courses in USA, Germany, and Norway on various bursaries.
Some Projects of the CS Working Group:
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