The largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) research partnership in the UK has grown even bigger as the University of Strathclyde joins the group, bringing world-leading expertise in areas such as carbon dioxide (CO2) transport and environmental impact analysis.

Scientists from the University of Strathclyde will join fellow researchers within the Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS) partnership, which already includes the British Geological Survey, Heriot-Watt University, the University of Aberdeen and the University of Edinburgh.

Research collaborations are already under way between academics from Strathclyde and other SCCS partner institutes. It is hoped this closer working relationship will lead to further joint research, which will support the commercialisation of the climate change technology worldwide.

Dr. Julia Race, Senior Lecturer in Pipeline and Subsea Engineering at Strathclyde, who will represent the university on the SCCS Directorate, said, “We are very pleased to bring our own cutting-edge research expertise to the SCCS partnership, and look forward to developing further collaborations with the other partner institutes. CCS technologies offer a viable and cost-effective route to tackling carbon emissions from large emitters, such as power plants and industry. By helping to expand this centre of CCS excellence in Scotland, we can support its development and commercialisation worldwide.”

The announcement comes as SCCS counts down to its annual conference in Edinburgh on 29th October, which this year focuses on the North Sea and its assets as a catalyst for creating a CCS industry that could store hundreds of years’ worth of CO2 emissions from Europe’s power and industry sectors.