Scots universities win €15 million EU funding to probe prospects for Grangemouth as carbon-capture centre

An international partnership of science and industry has begun a project to help transform six European industrial regions into economically robust, low-carbon centres by 2025 – including Grangemouth.

The multi-member ALIGN-CCUS partnership won nearly €15 million in EU funding to look at interlinking areas of research that will support the quick and cost-effective delivery of large-scale carbon capture, utilisation and storage projects. 

The UK project team includes the British Geological Survey and Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh universities.

Carbon-capture technology captures C02 from large emitting sources and either stores it permanently in the deep subsurface or employs it in useful products, facilitating significant cuts in emissions from industrial and power sectors. Its deployment is recognised as crucial to limiting global temperature increases to below 2°C and averting the worst impacts of climate change.

The project has a total operating budget of €23 million, which includes funding from national agencies in the five participating countries, the European Commission and around 35% of in-kind financing from industrial participants. 

The three-year project will focus on reducing the costs of CO2 capture technology; planning large-scale CO2 transport; providing sufficient and safe offshore CO2 storage; developing the use of CO2 in energy storage and conversion; and supporting public awareness of carbon capture benefits.

8 Nov 2017

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