The largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) research partnership in the UK has grown even bigger as the University of Strathclyde joins the group, bringing world-leading expertise in areas such as carbon dioxide (CO2) transport and environmental impact analysis.
Scientists from the University of Strathclyde will join fellow researchers within the Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS) partnership, which already includes the British Geological Survey, Heriot-Watt University, the University of Aberdeen and the University of Edinburgh.
Research collaborations are already under way between academics from Strathclyde and other SCCS partner institutes. It is hoped this closer working relationship will lead to further joint research, which will support the commercialisation of the climate change technology worldwide.
Dr Julia Race, Senior Lecturer in Pipeline and Subsea Engineering at Strathclyde, who will represent the university on the SCCS Directorate, said:
"We are very pleased to bring our own cutting-edge research expertise to the SCCS partnership, and look forward to developing further collaborations with the other partner institutes. CCS technologies offer a viable and cost-effective route to tackling carbon emissions from large emitters, such as power plants and industry. By helping to expand this centre of CCS excellence in Scotland, we can support its development and commercialisation worldwide."
Prof Stuart Haszeldine, University of Edinburgh, SCCS Director, said:
"We are delighted to welcome the University of Strathclyde to the SCCS partnership. They bring further world-class expertise to our research portfolio, particularly in the fields of CO_2 transport and environmental impact of CO_2 storage. This brings scope for greater focus on these areas of research, which are essential as we work towards the deployment of CCS at large scale in order to meet global carbon targets. As full-chain CCS projects start to make real progress, in North America and elsewhere, we look forward to building the collaborations that support these ambitions."
The announcement comes as SCCS counts down to its annual conference in Edinburgh on 29 October, which this year focuses on the North Sea and its assets as a catalyst for creating a CCS industry that could store hundreds of years' worth of CO2 emissions from Europe's power and industry sectors.
The SCCS Annual Conference
"A CCS future for Europe: Catalysing North Sea action" takes place in Edinburgh on Wednesday 29 October. It will bring together experts from government, industry and academia from across Europe to explore the policies and practical opportunities that will lead to the establishment of a North Sea CCS industry for Europe.