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British Prime Minister David Cameron has praised the University’s research into carbon capture and storage.

Speaking during an official visit to India, the Prime Minister said that the University was leading international research in the field, which is seen as crucial for helping to prevent climate change.

Mr Cameron added that one of the purposes of the visit is to increase collaboration in energy research.

He said that the United Kingdom is looking to sign an agreement with India to develop new energy technologies that help address climate change.

We believe we can have a technology leadership on this, developed through some of our best universities, like Edinburgh … that are doing incredible work on carbon capture and storage. That’s the sort of technology we can then share, and export and invest with other countries.

David CameronBritish Prime Minister

Carbon capture and storage

Carbon capture and storage technology enables carbon dioxide generated by coal, gas or oil-fired power plants to be captured and stored underground - for example in depleted oil fields - preventing it being released into the atmosphere.

The technology has the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Supporters say it allows the continued use of fossil fuels without contributing to climate change.

Edinburgh researchers claim the United Kingdom has sufficient storage capacity beneath the North Sea to collect 100 years’ worth of current carbon dioxide output from half of Europe’s power plants.

University role

As well as carrying out world-class research into how best to capture and store carbon dioxide underground, the University offers advice to industry and governments on how to integrate the technology with current distribution systems.

The University is also a partner in Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage, the largest carbon storage research group in the UK.

As well as its research on Carbon capture, the University conducts world-leading research on renewable energy in its Institute for Energy Systems.

The research spans all aspects of renewable energy, from electricity generation and distribution to how this energy is used by the consumer. The Institute is at the forefront of wave and tidal energy research, and leads many UK and European initiatives.

Mr Cameron visited the University earlier in 2010 to learn about the work taking place at the Institute.

We are very pleased that carbon capture and storage is being discussed with India at the highest level. The University has been working on this in India for a number of years and our engagement with scientific colleagues there has highlighted the challenges of introducing this technology in a developing country.”

Professor Jon GibbinsLecturer, University of Edinburgh

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