Scientists from across the Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) partnership have won a combined European funding total of €14.6m for five three-year projects.

SCCS partner institutes are involved in five of the 12 projects, which have secured support from the European Union’s ERA-NET Accelerating CCS Technology (ACT) second call.

Funding of €31.5m has been made available for the ACT fund by eleven partner countries for research, development and demonstration (RD&D) and innovation for carbon capture, utilisation and storage.

The ERA-NET ACT2 programme is co-funded by national research funding organisations from each ACT country. The five projects which have been successful in securing funds are:

LAUNCH (Lowering Absorption Uncertainty and Costs by Predicting and Preventing Amine Degradation)

Total funding received from ACT: €5.1m

The LAUNCH project aims to accelerate the uptake of carbon capture across industry through the development of novel capture solvents. The project will develop and demonstrate novel solvents for post-combustion carbon capture. It will also establish a mechanism to predict and control solvent degradation in order to improve performance and economics of carbon capture processes.

“Solvent degradation reported in typical commercial post-combustion capture plants is not yet fully understood. The LAUNCH project will provide a database of information on solvent degradation, and we’ll also develop a generic test rig,” said Dr. Philippa Partmiter, SCCS Project Manager.

NEWEST–CCUS (Negative Emissions in the Waste-to-Energy Sector: Technologies for CCUS)

Total funding received from ACT: €2.2m

NEWEST-CCUS focuses on the develop and deployment of carbon capture technologies tailored for waste to energy plants. The project will also deliver a methodology for accounting for negative emissions and assess the size of the waste to energy carbon capture and storage market to create regional roadmaps.

“In the context of net zero carbon targets, it is very important that we understand how waste to energy conversion with CCS can transform our municipal waste into strategic resource to achieve negative carbon emissions, and that we develop models to value it accordingly,” said Dr. Matthieu Lucquiaud from the University of Edinburgh.

PrlSMa (Process-Informed design of tailor-made Sorbent Materials for energy efficient carbon capture)

Total funding received from ACT: €2.1m

PrlSMA aims to accelerate the low-carbon transition in the energy and industrial sectors by developing a technology platform to deliver bespoke, cost effective carbon capture solutions for a range of different CO2sources and CO2 uses/destinations. 

“Our enthusiasm for PriSMa as so contagious that we already started some collaborations before we even knew our project would be selected. I cannot yet say much about our first result, expect that we have already had a true breakthrough,” said Dr. Susanna Garcia, Associate Professor at Heriot-Watt University. 

SENSE (Assuring Integrity of CO2 Storage Sites Through Ground Surface Monitoring)

Total funding received from ACT: €2.7m

SENSE aims to advance fast, cost effective monitoring techniques for carbon storage. The project team will develop new techniques and technologies, including geochemical modelling, and use optimised data processing to provide an effective continuous option. This will support the verification of safe carbon storage at large scale, providing assurance for operators and regulators.

REX-CO2 (Re-using Existing Wells for CO2 Storage Operations)

Total funding received from ACT: €2.5m

The REX-CO2 project will develop a procedure and tools for evaluating existing hydrocarbon wells for carbon storage, helping stakeholders make informed decisions on the potential re-use of certain wells or fields. A key output will be a software tool developed for screening and assessing wells for their re-use potential.

“SENSE and REX-CO2 are both important project that will accelerate decarbonisation to help us combat climate change. BGS scientists working on SENSE are helping us to understand better how to monitor deep underground sites where carbon dioxide has been injected, to ensure the safety and sustainability of carbon capture and storage,” said Professor Mike Stephenson from the British Geological Survey.