Coal seams, oil reservoirs, and saline aquifers offer the best opportunity for storing carbon dioxide underground. The Illinois Basin is unique because all three of these opportunities exist in close proximity to substantial CO2 sources and, in some cases, may be accessed from one site. This geology represents the unique research opportunity to study all three storage options economically while exploring initial commercialization of geological sequestration in the United States.

Enhanced Coalbed Methane
Enhanced Oil Recovery
Deep Saline Reservoirs

Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium
Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium
Advanced Energy
Technology Initiative

University of Illinois
615 E. Peabody Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820