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Title: Manufactured caverns in carbonate rock

Abstract

Disclosed is a process for manufacturing underground caverns suitable in one embodiment for storage of large volumes of gaseous or liquid materials. The method is an acid dissolution process that can be utilized to form caverns in carbonate rock formations. The caverns can be used to store large quantities of materials near transportation facilities or destination markets. The caverns can be used for storage of materials including fossil fuels, such as natural gas, refined products formed from fossil fuels, or waste materials, such as hazardous waste materials. The caverns can also be utilized for applications involving human access such as recreation or research. The method can also be utilized to form calcium chloride as a by-product of the cavern formation process.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Clemson University, Anderson, SC (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1176049
Patent Number(s):
7156579
Application Number:
11/219,344
Assignee:
Clemson University (Anderson, SC)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
B - PERFORMING OPERATIONS B65 - CONVEYING B65G - TRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYORS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING, SHOP CONVEYOR SYSTEMS OR PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYORS
E - FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS E21 - EARTH DRILLING E21B - EARTH DRILLING, e.g. DEEP DRILLING
DOE Contract Number:  
FC26-02NT41299
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING

Citation Formats

Bruce, David A., Falta, Ronald W., Castle, James W., and Murdoch, Lawrence C. Manufactured caverns in carbonate rock. United States: N. p., 2007. Web.
Bruce, David A., Falta, Ronald W., Castle, James W., & Murdoch, Lawrence C. Manufactured caverns in carbonate rock. United States.
Bruce, David A., Falta, Ronald W., Castle, James W., and Murdoch, Lawrence C. Tue . "Manufactured caverns in carbonate rock". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1176049.
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Design and Feasibility of Creating Gas-Storage Caverns by Using Acid to Dissolve Carbonate Rock Formations
conference, April 2013