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Environmental Sustainability Division

Clean Energy

Clean Energy

Technical and environmental basis for safe and sustainable clean energy production. Understanding, predicting and mitigating the environmental impediments for siting new energy and resource recovery operations and enhancing existing operations to achieve greater societal benefit:

  • Carbon sequestration for fossil fuel emissions. Including scientifically-based methodology for quantifying risk at CO2 storage sites, threshold values for groundwater contamination due to CO2 leakage, and models to predict CO2 leakage through caprock seals.
  • Geothermal, shale oil & gas, and gas hydrate development deploying geochemistry, geology, hydrology, microbiology and computational expertise to enable technology innovation for sustainable energy.
  • Environmental and safety reviews for nuclear power plant licenses. Including environmental assessments for the siting of new reactors and extending the life of existing reactors, as well as risk-informed performance-based fire protection programs for operating reactors and involvement in next generation safety standards and regulations for nuclear plant design.
  • Natural resource and environmental assessments for renewable energy (wind, water, geothermal, and biomass). Increasing energy generation while meeting ecological performance requirements, delivering integrated modeling and decision support systems to enable effective policy decision, and creating innovative S&T to empower land managers to protect natural systems. A focus of ESSD is sustainable hydropower operations and growth (regionally, nationally, and internationally) through the development and deployment of advanced acoustic systems and fisheries research.

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