The UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC) has today announced the allocation of £2.57million from its research budget to support 14 new CCS research projects.

Seven projects will focus on CO2 capture, five will tackle cross-cutting issues and two will involve CO2 storage. The winning bids have attracted an additional £2m in co-funding and support from industry partners.

And scientists from the Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) research partnership have competitively won a 20% share of a £2.57 million funding pot to carry out targeted research that will support the commercial deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the UK.

Three out of 14 new CCS research projects, selected by the UK CCS Research Centre (UKCCSRC) as part of its second funding call, will be led by academics based at Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh. The three projects will yield crucial results that will feed into each stage of the CCS chain, from capturing CO2 within flexible power generation systems to monitoring its transport in liquid state and ensuring safe and permanent storage deep below ground. A further two projects will involve researchers from within the SCCS partnership as co-investigators.

Professor Stuart Haszeldine, SCCS Director, said, “The diversity and quality of expertise within the SCCS partnership has enabled us to secure an improved share of funding for research that will support the growing CCS industry in the UK. The knowledge gained will also be applicable to CCS projects worldwide, as many countries begin to assemble the elements of a low-carbon economy. It is essential that academia, industry and government continue working together to refine our knowledge and progress to commercial-scale deployment of CCS technology.”

CROSS-CUTTING ISSUES

Measurement of water solubility limits of CO2 mixtures to underpin the safe pipeline transportation of CO2 £162,000

Project Ieader (Pl): Professor Mike George, University of Nottingham

Quantifying Residual and Dissolution Trapping at the CO2CRC Otway Project Injection Site £299,000

PI: Dr Stuart Gilfillan, University of Edinburgh

Performance of Flow Meters with Dense Phase CO2 and CCS Recovery Streams £185,000

PI: Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer

 

Shelter and Escape in the Event of a Release of CO2 from CCS Infrastructure (S-CAPE) £223,000

PI: Dr Julia Race, Newcastle University

CO2 Flow Metering through Multi-Modal Sensing and Statistical Data Fusion £171,000

PI: Professor Yong Yan, University of Kent

CAPTURE

UK demonstration of Enhanced Calcium looping, and first Global Demonstration of Advanced Doping Techniques £223,000

PI: Dr Ben Anthony, Cranfield University

Novel Materials and Reforming Processing Route for the Production of Ready-Separated CO2/N2/H2 from Natural Gas Feedstocks £121,000

PI: Dr Valerie Dupont, University of Leeds

Advanced Sorbents for CCS via Controlled Sintering £128,000

PI: Dr Paul Fennell, Imperial College London

Process-performance indexed design of task-specific ionic liquids for post-combustion CO2 capture £290,000

PI: Dr Jason Hallet, Imperial College London

Towards more flexible power generation with CCS £69,000

PI: Dr Mathieu Lucquaid, University of Edinburgh

Investigating the radiative heat flux in small and large scale oxy-coal furnaces for CFD model development and system scale up £198,000

PI: Dr Lin Ma, University of Leeds

Novel reductive rejuvenation approaches for degraded amine solutions from PCC in power plants £99,000

PI: Dr Chenggong Sun, University of Nottingham

 

STORAGE

Multiscale characterization of CO2 storage in the United Kingdom £299,000

PI: Dr Sam Krevor, Imperial College London

The Development and Demonstration of Best Practice Guidelines for the Safe Start-up Injection of CO2 into Depleted Gas Fields £100,000

PI: Professor Haroun Mahgerefteh, University College London