Sandia National Labs Joins DOE’s SHASTA Initiative to Advance Underground Hydrogen Storage Capabilities

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Underground Hydrogen Evaluation, Storage, and Technology Acceleration (SHASTA) collaboration, a project designed to utilize the unique capabilities and expertise of key national laboratories to determine the viability, safety and reliability of hydrogen storage in underground environments, added Sandia National Laboratories as a fourth research partner .

Original SHASTA members National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have welcomed Sandia Labs to a team of experts who will continue to work to determine the feasibility technical and quantify operational risks associated with hydrogen gas storage in underground systems while developing technologies and tools for safe and reliable performance.

Is Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management created SHASTA in 2021 to explore hydrogen storage opportunities in geological reservoirs.

Hydrogen has become a low carbon fuel option for transportation, power generation and manufacturing applications. However, a major challenge is to ensure its safe and efficient geological storage to ensure fuel reliability and security.

NETL’s Angela Goodman, who leads the lab’s SHASTA participation, said the initiative “can accelerate and expand the use of hydrogen using existing natural gas facilities at storage sites across the United States. , addressing critical technical barriers, demonstrating the feasibility of emerging technology, and developing tools and technologies to support the industry.

For more than 70 years, Sandia Laboratories provided the science and technology essential to solving the nation’s toughest security challenges. A solid scientific, technological and engineering base allows Sandia to accomplish its mission thanks to a competent research staff working at the forefront of innovation. The laboratories work with other government agencies, industry and academic institutions to accomplish critical missions related to nuclear deterrence, energy technologies and global security.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to leverage Sandia’s years of experience in storing salt caverns in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to the challenge of hydrogen storage in geological systems,” Don Conley, Geotechnology Manager at Sandia. “We are excited to join the SHASTA team and look forward to applying our broader geoscience and system-level expertise to help the project achieve its important goals.”

NETL drives innovation and provides technology solutions for a sustainable and environmentally prosperous energy future. Using its talent and world-class research facilities, NETL ensures affordable, abundant and reliable energy that drives a robust economy and national security, while developing technologies to manage carbon throughout the life cycle, enabling environmental sustainability for all Americans.

Founded in 1965, PNNL leverages its distinctive strengths in chemistry, earth sciences, biology and data science to advance scientific knowledge and address the challenges of sustainable energy and national security.

Serving the DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration and other federal agencies, LLNL develops and applies world-class science and technology to ensure the safety, security and reliability of national nuclear deterrence. LLNL, founded in 1952, faces dangers ranging from nuclear proliferation and terrorism to energy shortages and climate change that threaten national security and global stability.

Bonny J. Streater