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Dissolution experiments in halite cores: comparisons in cavity shape and controls between brine and seawater experiments

Field, L.P.; Palumbo-Roe, B.; Milodowski, A.E.; Hall, M.R.; Parkes, D.; Evans, D.. 2015 Dissolution experiments in halite cores: comparisons in cavity shape and controls between brine and seawater experiments. [Other] In: Goldschmidt 2015, Prague, Czech Republic, 16-21 Aug 2015. (Unpublished)

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Abstract/Summary

There is an increasing need for underground storage of natural gas (and potentially hydrogen) to meet the UK’s energy demands and ensure its energy security. In addition, the growth of renewable energy technologies, such as wind power, will be facilitated by the development of grid-scale energy storage facilities to balance grid demand. One solution lies in creating large-scale compressed-air energy storage (CAES) facilities underground. Whilst a number of lithologies offer storage potential, only three operational CAES facilities exist in the UK. They are constructed in specifically designed solution-mined salt (halite) caverns, similar to those currently used for natural gas storage. The influences exerted on salt dissolution by petrology, structure and fabric during cavern construction are not fully understood, with some occurences of caverns with noncircular cross-sections being less than optimum for gas storage and especially CAES.

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Other)
Date made live: 01 Apr 2015 13:16 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/510575

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