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The Zero Emission Research and Technology Center (ZERT) is a research collaborative focused on understanding the basic science of underground (geologic) carbon dioxide storage to mitigate greenhouse gasses from fossil fuel use and to develop technologies that can ensure the safety and reliability of that storage. ZERT is a partnership involving DOE laboratories (Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) as well as universities (Montana State and West Virginia University).

Research Goals:

  • Development of sophisticated, comprehensive computer modeling suites which predict the underground behavior of carbon dioxide

  • Investigation of the fundamental geochemical and hydrological issues related to underground carbon dioxide storage

  • Development of measurement techniques to verify storage and investigate leakage

  • Development of mitigation techniques and determination of best practices for reservoir management