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Award Detail

Awardee:REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
Doing Business As Name:University of Michigan Ann Arbor
PD/PI:
  • Brian R Ellis
  • (734) 763-5470
  • brellis@umich.edu
Award Date:01/15/2020
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 506,393
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 403,090
  • FY 2020=$403,090
Start Date:02/01/2020
End Date:01/31/2025
Transaction Type:Grant
Agency:NSF
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.041
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:CAREER: Carbon Negative Subsurface Energy Technologies
Federal Award ID Number:1943726
DUNS ID:073133571
Parent DUNS ID:073133571
Program:EnvS-Environmtl Sustainability
Program Officer:
  • Bruce Hamilton
  • (703) 292-7066
  • bhamilto@nsf.gov

Awardee Location

Street:3003 South State St. Room 1062
City:Ann Arbor
State:MI
ZIP:48109-1274
County:Ann Arbor
Country:US
Awardee Cong. District:12

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:The Regents of the University of Michinga
Street:3003 South State Street
City:Ann Arbor
State:MI
ZIP:48109-1274
County:Ann Arbor
Country:US
Cong. District:12

Abstract at Time of Award

This CAREER research program addresses CO2-based energy production and storage to open potential paths for decarbonizing the energy sector. The project will identify conditions and characteristics that favor sustainable CO2 storage in subsurface geologic reservoirs. The principal applications targeted are using CO2 for production of geothermal energy and large-scale storage of intermittent power generated from renewable energy resources. Interactions between CO2, water, and rock will be examined to allow better prediction of the fate of injected CO2 in geologic reservoirs within the context of these emerging energy technologies. The research program will be integrated with the educational mission of raising student literacy of subsurface processes related to energy production, carbon mitigation, and sustainable groundwater management. UM undergraduate students will be directly engaged in research efforts by performing scenario analyses to define conditions under which CO2-based geothermal energy production can provide grid-scale energy with net negative life cycle CO2 emissions. Additionally, the educational program will build upon the PI's experience interfacing with middle school students on the topic of the energy-water nexus and leverage the UM Wolverine Pathways program to develop a series of educational modules for students in the greater metro-Detroit area. The Wolverine Pathways program follows a cohort of students from 7th through 12th grade, allowing the PI to develop and refine teaching modules through rigorous evaluation of student learning objectives over the span of the five-year project period. Once fully developed, these modules will be made freely available to educators through an online resource catalog coupled with companion video teaching tutorials. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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