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Benjamin Court, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ben is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is working with Professor Michael Celia on CO2 Capture and Sequestration (CCS) in deep saline formations.

Ben’s early work focused on CO2 sequestration safety, quantifying CO2 and brine leakage risk through abandoned wells. He modeled different potential leakage scenarios following a large-scale CO2 injection in the Wabamun lake area of the Alberta Basin (Canada).

His current work considers both the limitations of simplified CO2 injection models and approaches to address CCS implementation barriers. First Ben investigates how the variability in certain formation characteristics impacts CO2 plume modeling. The results of this study will allow a better determination of where and when simplified models could be applicable or improved. Ben has also been working on the challenges to large-scale CCS implementation with a focus on technical, regulatory, and public acceptance barriers. Examining these collectively has allowed him and his collaborators from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to identify several promising integrated solutions. Specifically Ben is investigating potential synergies to tackle both the additional water demands of CO2 capture, as well as CO2 sequestration pressure management challenges.

Prior to coming to Princeton, Ben received his Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bristol (UK) after being raised in France.