Scottish scientists engaged in frontline research into carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology have a key role to play in the UK CCS Research Centre, which has received £7.6 million funding to extend its work for a further five years.
The UK carbon research centre project – led by Professor Jon Gibbins at Sheffield University -has been awarded £6.1 million funding through the Research Councils UK Energy Programme, with an additional £1.5 million coming from partner institutions.
Three of the Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) partner institutes – the British Geological Survey, and Edinburgh and Strathclyde Universities – will join other project partners from across the UK, and key academics will form part of the UKCCSRC Management Team or undertake lead research roles.
The Centre’s stated mission is to ensure carbon capture technology “plays an effective role” in reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, supporting a competitive UK industrial sector and helping to provide access to affordable and secure electricity.
Edinburgh University Prof. Stuart Haszeldine, SCCS Director and Deputy Director for Storage on the UKCCSRC Management Team, said: “This strategic research investment into the direct reduction of carbon emissions is welcome and essential.
“The continued support for the UK CCS Research Centre will boost efforts to improve geological carbon storage for the UK, where uniquely accessible natural assets are low in cost and high in reliability.
“Removing carbon emissions from industry, heat and transport will future-proof the UK economy against clean air taxes and will improve near-term health and long-term competitiveness. Carbon management is an essential component of the sustainable energy transition, which cannot be achieved by renewables alone.”