Bioreactor & Geomicrobiology Laboratory

Through the Bioreactor & Geomicrobiology Laboratory CO2CRC will establish Australia’s only purpose-built laboratory for studying the effects of supercritical CO2 on subsurface microorganisms under realistic conditions, enabling a new and complementary research direction for Australia that parallels international research efforts. The project will advance general research into CO2 storage optimisation strategies through innovative and experimental geo-microbiological approaches. The Bioreactor will research the microbial and biogeochemical processes that can affect aquifer porosity, mineralogy and chemistry, and investigate direct and indirect microbial responses to elevated CO2 in geological formations. Benefits for industry include being able to understand the existing microbial environment of a storage site to understand how the injection of CO2 may impact microbial activity on the formation or dissolution of minerals and the effects of co-injected SOx and NOx.