University research into carbon capture and storage technology has been praised by the UK Energy Secretary.
Chris Huhne said the university was the leading institution in carbon capture research, which involves removing carbon emissions from power plants and storing them underground.
Mr Huhne said Edinburgh researchers were responsible for much of the science that helped the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change secure £1 billion from the Treasury for carbon capture and storage technology.
The minister made the comments as he addressed MSPs from Holyrood’s Energy Committee.
Researchers from the University’s School of GeoSciences are pioneers in the emerging field of carbon capture and storage. The technology involves capturing emissions from power plants, liquefying the gases, and storing them underground in porous rocks, typically in former oil fields.
Researchers from the University and from Heriot-Watt University have come together to form the Scottish Centre for Carbon Storage.