Carbon capture and storage (CCS) involves capturing carbon dioxide emissions from industrial sources, compressing it, and transporting it to a suitable site to where it is injected deep underground for its long-term storage.
Establishing a robust measurement and monitoring system for CCS activities, often referred to as a monitoring and verification (MMV) program is a key requirement to enable confidence and certainty in the use of this technology, yet there is work still to be done to determine what to monitor and how best to monitor.
The marine environment poses particular challenges and although technologies exist which can detect CO2, they are often not well integrated, making them costly. Saildrone is being tested as part of an Australian National Low Emissions Coal Research and Development (ANLEC R&D) CCS MMV Project for its suitability as a monitoring tool for CCS. Find out more here.
The Southern Ocean is a key region of interest for scientists studying the world’s oceans and climate. This region is extremely remote with some of the harshest sea conditions on the planet. The result is that observations in the Southern Ocean are very sparse. Saildrone have used the launches from Australia to test performance under
Southern Ocean conditions sending a saildrone to 55°S. The conditions experienced were extreme, and the saildrone still delivered data until its recovery. The experience provides valuable information to ensure good quality data returns and survivability on future missions including waters of Southern Australia. Find out more here.