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Energi Simulation Industrial Affiliate Program on

Carbon UTilization and Storage 

Primary Investigator:     Ryosuke Okuno, Ph.D., P.Eng.

The Energi Simulation industrial affiliate program on Carbon UTilization and Storage (ES Carbon UT), established in 2021, consists of 9 major projects in the areas of carbon capture/conversion/transportation/storage, enhanced oil recovery (EOR), and hydrogen energy.  Each member company contributes $75,000 per year as a grant to the University and in return receives all the research results from the program. 

Major Projects

  • Development of novel functional solvents for CO2 capture (e.g., surface-active amines)

  • CO2 removal by enhanced weathering

  • Electrification of CO2 conversion processes (e.g., bicarbonate electrolysis)

  • Control over CO2 plume and trapping mechanisms using engineered fluids and materials (e.g., mineral carbonation in basalt, and use of nanofluids for wettability control) 

  • Formate species as carbon and hydrogen carriers and/or as an EOR agent

  • Aqueous nanobubble dispersion of CO2

  • CO2 transport and storage in tight porous media

  • Carbon emission reduction in oil recovery from unconventional reservoirs (heavy oil and tight oil)

  • Economic analysis of carbon management value chains

Software Development

  • Tight Reservoir Simulator, TIGRES


  • Thermodynamic PVT package (cubic EOS, GERG 2008, geochemical models)

Current Sponsors (alphabetical order)

Cosmo Energy Exploration & Production Co., Ltd

Idemitsu Kosan


Energi Simulation

JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration

Formosa Petrochemical

Japan Petroleum Exploration


Nissan Chemical


To become a sponsor of ES Carbon UT, please contact Dr. Ryosuke Okuno to receive a copy of the research participation agreement, which is to be executed by your company and The University of Texas at Austin. 

Ryosuke Okuno, Ph.D. P.Eng.

Phone: 512.471.3250


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