University leads research hub

£13 million is being invested in carbon capture and storage research that is being coordinated from the University.

The UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC) will oversee a programme of studies on all aspects of carbon capture and storage.

The virtual hub will bring together leading researchers from across the UK and act as an interface for government, industry and international collaboration.

The centre will be coordinated by a team led by Professor Jon Gibbins.

Five-year funding plan

Carbon capture and storage involves capturing carbon dioxide emitted from burning fossil fuels in power plants and industrial processes, and transporting it to secure geological storage sites under the seabed.

CCS technologies are predicted by many to become a major element in the reduction of CO2 emissions which are linked to global warming, climate change and ocean acidification.

EPSRC will invest £10 million for the centre over a five-year period, with funding of £3 million from Department for Energy and Climate Change to establish facilities to support research.

UK-wide partnership

Facilities available to the centre include pilot scale advanced testing equipment and a mobile testing unit that can be used on real power station flue gases.

Researchers from the Universities of Cambridge, Cranfield, Durham, Leeds, Newcastle, Nottingham and Imperial College London, the British Geological Survey and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory have established the virtual centre.

Membership will be extended to other researchers and organisations as the centre is brought into full operation over the next six months.

The centre’s multidisciplinary teams will work with UK and international partners on priority research areas to contribute the use of CCS to limit CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use.

The Centre will seek to rapidly grow its research scope and membership base and consolidate links with overseas research centres.

Commercial targets

DECC has also set out the Government’s vision for achieving commercial deployment of CCS in the UK in the 2020s.

This includes investing £125 million in CCS research and development between 2011 and 2015.

This new research centre will support our efforts to reduce the costs of CCS and accelerate its deployment. It further underlines the UK’s world-class CCS research.

Edward DaveySecretary of State for Energy and Climate Change