MiniFlowers

Our concept around the MiniFlower – a laptop-sized carbon storage experiment – provides a highly relevant, innovative and unique tool that links outreach, research and education related to CCS as a technology to reduce climate gas emissions.


 

MiniFlowers (pronounced Mini-Flow-er) allow users to build their own subsurface geological storage site for carbon dioxide to emulate the subsurface processes in industrial CCS projects in real-time. The MiniFlowers are ideal teaching purposes users are able to visualize directly the key mechanisms that determine the success, risks and efficiency of a CCS project.

Users can build their own storage geometry with unconsolidated sands and inject carbon dioxide (CO2) for storage in the MiniFlowers. Within one working session users will develop familiarity with porous media properties using principles from physics, mathematics and earth science. Through practical and explorative activities, MiniFlowers intend to contribute to the users’ sense of curiosity, creativity and innovation required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that lead to climate change.