From the 3rd to the 5th of June 2020, S4CE partners presented S4CE results to the consortium at large.

Originally, S4CE partners were planning to meet in person in Lyon. Due to the current sanitary situation and travel restrictions, we had to think again and adapt to a remote consortium meeting spread over 3 days.

During 3-hour long sessions every day, more than 60 partners shared the latest progress, results, and successes, concluding each presentation with interesting discussions. University College London (UCL) project management team used the university’s tools to make sure everybody could actively participate in the meeting, despite the distance and the difficulties we can face working remotely. Quite a success!

The active participation of our Advisory Board Members has been highly appreciated. The members met in parallel after the consortium meeting to discuss the results and prepare their review report.

During day-1, we had three presentations with:

  • Alberto Striolo, S4CE project coordinator who introduced the meeting with an overview of our activities to quantify and reducethe environmental impactsof geo-energy operations;
  • Camille Voirin, S4CE project manager at UCL, who organised a successful meeting and presented the new agenda of deliverables as S4CE is applying to a no-cost extension, due to the Covid-19 situation;
  • Benedicte Menez from IPGP and Work Package 2 leader. She presented the paper “On the Sustainable Development of Sub-Surface Geo-Energy Operations: Encompassing Ethical Recommendations” that is currently being finalised;
  • Damien Weidmann from MIRICO who presented 5 technologies developed in the frame of the Work Package 3 on “Instruments and Tools: Development and Deployment”: DNA-based tracers, pressurised rock samples, Gas emissions & isotopologue analysis, electrical imaging​, and PUSH 50​.

Each speaker was invited to think about the “Action plan for the future” of S4CE. This was a great manner to apprehend and understand S4CE’s legacy.

4 presentations for day-2 – Thursday 4th June:

  • Natalia Garban from TWI and Work Package 6 leader focused on presenting the assessment and validation of the different technologies to monitor the well integrity;
  • Sandra Osk Snaebjornsdottir (OR) gave an overview of the different partners’ testings activities in S4CE field sites; this WP is facing some delays due to the Covid-19 situation. The extension of the project will hopefully give us the opportunity to do more field sites testings!
  • Vipin Pillai & Jeremy Morgan (TWI) both presented their recent work on comparing best practice procedures among different institutions and preparing best practice recommendations and preparing recommendations for groundwater remediation methods and protocols. More to come soon! 
  • Coline Morin from UCL gave an overview of the recent dissemination activities highlighting some of the latest communications activities, publications and events. New S4CE poster and video to be launched soon! Additionally, Lucy Cotton (GeoScience Limited) presented a proposal for an action plan for succession, and Camille Voirin presented the IP Booster service for the exploitation of the S4CE technologies.

The last day, starting with a remote group picture! 

At the beginning of our last session, we made sure to capture the moment and took the traditional group picture of every consortium meeting – this one is a little bit different!

  • Ronny Pinni from Imperial College London presented the Work Package 4 results on Samples and Fluid Characterisation: reactivity of rocks to reservoir fluids, role of microbial activities in biogeochemical processes, and assessment of the risk of site contamination.
  • Paolo Capuano, S4CE vice project coordinator and leader of Work Package 5 on Data Gathering and Model Implementation. He highlighted the results of the development of toolboxes to identify fluid pathways, interpret seismic data, and quantify the environmental impact via both Life Cycle Assessment and Multi-Risk Analysis.

This was a successful meeting full of great results and highlights. And with the extension of the project, more to come. Stay connected to find out about it.