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The Division of Geotechnology

Head of Division

Radosław Tarkowski

D. Sc., Eng. Radosław Tarkowski, Associate Professor
Room no.: 119
Phone: (+48)12 617-16-36
Cell.: (+48)698-644-339
Email: tarkowski@min-pan.krakow.pl

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Who we are

The Division of Geotechnology of the MEERI PAS has existed since 2003. Its activity is focused on various aspects related to the underground storage of industrial gases (CO2 and hydrogen). The aspects related to the identification of industrial sources of  CO2 emissions in Poland, the assessment and modelling of geological structures for underground storage and the broadly understood assessment of the environmental impact of projects related to gas capture and geological sequestration play an important role in the research and development activities of the team.

Employees

Scientific and research activity

The division is focused on the dissemination and popularization of topics related to the underground storage of CO2 in Poland, including the determination of the potential of underground CO2 storage in deep oil-, gas- and water-bearing structures, the monitoring of leaks and studies on the impact of  CO2 on reservoir rocks and overburden. The employees have published dozens of articles and scientific publications and Polish and English-language monographs in renowned Polish and international journals. The division cooperates with leading domestic and foreign universities and research institutions (the AGH University of Science and Technology, Lublin University of Technology, Silesian University of Technology, Polish Geological Institute, BRGM, Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik GmbH, GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland and others).

Research and development and service activities

Our employees have participated in many international projects, including CO2SINK, EU GeoCapacity, CO2StoP, CO2ReMoVe and in national projects financed by the National Science Center and the Ministry of the Environment.

The team has carried out scientific studies and expert opinions for major energy and raw material enterprises in Poland, including:

  • Vattenfall Poland (Modelling of CO2 injection into the Dzierżanowo structure; analysis of the geological structure of Bielsko-Bodzanów in terms of the storage capacity of CO2 generated in heat and power plants belonging to Vattenfall Poland SA; geological characteristics of the Żyrów-Czachówek structure and determination of reservoir parameters in the Bodzanów GN-2, Bodzanów GN-3 and Bielsk-2 boreholes in terms of CO2 storage; preliminary analysis of potential geological structures for CO2 storage from the Puławy region; characteristics of the potential for CO2 storage structures in the Kwidzyń area),
  • PBG Geophysical Exploration Ltd (Selection of structures in saline aquifers for geological storage of CO2 in Poland; determining location and the estimated storage capacity),
  • KGHM Polska Miedź (Analysis of CO2 sequestration methods and alternative methods of obtaining assigned amount units under KGHM conditions; in-depth analysis of capture, transport and injection of selected gas streams containing CO2),
  • Polska Grupa Energetyczna (Assessment of geological and deposit conditions and risks related to the involvement of the PGE SA in a shale gas exploration project in an area covered by concessions),
  • Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières–BRGM (Expertise related to the inventory of suitable and/or potential underground storage sites for CO2 in the neighbourhood of the major Arcelor Mittal plants in Poland).

Our services

We have competences and knowledge in terms of assessing the potential of underground carbon and hydrogen storage. Thanks to constantly developing competencies, we offer the following scientific and research and development services:

  • Assessment of the potential of underground storage of CO2 in deep oil-, gas- and water bearing structures,
  • Determination of geological structures for underground storage of CO2 and hydrogen storage in Poland,
  • Research on the impact of CO2 on reservoir rocks and overburden in reservoir and quasi-reservoir conditions,
  • Monitoring of leaks and underground storage of CO2,
  • Modelling of CO2 injection into selected geological structures,
  • Complex environmental impact assessment of investments and projects related to underground storage of CO2,
  • Assessment of the potential of underground hydrogen storage in salt caverns and deep oil-, gas- and water bearing structures,
  • Research on the impact of hydrogen on reservoir rocks and overburden.