ERE Energy, Resources and the Environment
The 2023 Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (OSPP) Award is awarded to Philip Salter for the poster/PICO entitled:
Exploiting induced carbonate precipitation to improve reservoir storage integrity and geothermal system efficiency (Salter, P. J.; Dobson, K. J.; Minto, J. M.)
Click here to download the poster/PICO file.
Philip Salter is a PhD researcher in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, UK. Prior to this, he gained a 1st class Bachelor’s degree in Combined Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics from the Open University. His PhD is part of the Centre for Doctoral Training GeoNetZero programme, and experiments towards this presentation were carried out at the International Manufacturing Centre, WMG, University of Warwick.
In his EGU presentation, he showed how high speed X-ray Computed Tomography can be used to visualize and quantify carbonate precipitation induced by bacteria and plant-based enzymes. His work explained how this process can be used to reduce permeability, and therefore the leakage risk of geo-sequestered CO2, as well as increasing the thermal conductivity of grouts and backfills around closed-loop geothermal and thermal energy storage systems.