The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) and Total of France have announced a new energ ...

The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) and Total of France have announced a new energy research collaboration that will support MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change to further understand and mitigate global climate change. As a MITEI Sustaining Member, Total will also support several research projects in subsurface imaging to reduce exploration and production costs, and reduce environmental surface and sub-surface impacts for oil and gas development. This portfolio of technologies has direct application to heavy oil production, a particularly important oil resource in the Western Hemisphere where reserves in Canada and Venezuela alone are roughly double those of Saudi Arabia’s conventional oil reserves. Subsurface imaging technologies also have broad application beyond oil and gas and could enhance geothermal energy production, carbon sequestration, and, potentially, nuclear waste disposal. Sponsoring of research projects in the field of renewable energies is also under consideration.

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