Total and partners release geological CO2 storage simulator

Nov 12 2020


After more than two years of joint research, Total, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Stanford University release GEOSX, an open source simulator for large-scale geological carbon dioxide storage.

GEOSX is the first major outcome of the five-year FC-MAELSTROM research project launched in 2018 by Total, Stanford University School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, and LLNL. It draws on each partner's 20-plus years of expertise in simulation and high-performance computing research. 

GEOSX was developed using new technologies in high-performance computing and applied mathematics and aims to improve the management and safety of geological CO2 repositories. Its computing performance is unmatched to date say the partners.

The open-source nature of GEOSX aims to ensure a high level of transparency, sharing and community support to pave the way for the large-scale development of Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) technologies. 

"We are proud of the development of GEOSX, the first tool able to simulate the geological storage of CO2 at the gigaton scale. Total researchers contributed their experience in high-performance computing and geosciences. We are making its source code openly available to provide the scientific community the means to participate in the development of CCUS,” said Marie-Noëlle Semeria, Total's Chief Technology Officer. “GEOSX positions Total, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Stanford as technological leaders in the simulation of CO2 geological storage, a major lever for achieving carbon neutrality.”

“GEOSX combines breakthrough scientific computing and high-performance technologies that will allow Total and the community to accelerate the implementation of future large-scale storage projects, necessary to achieve carbon neutrality objectives on a global scale,” said Professor Hamdi Tchelepi, Chairman of Energy Resources Engineering Department and the project’s lead research scientist for Stanford. “The innovations resulting from our joint research program open the door to a new era for the modelling of geological storage of CO2.”

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