The UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC) has announced the allocation of US$4.38 million from its research budget to support 14 new carbon capture and storage (CCS) research projects.

The minister of state for energy, Michael Fallon, made this announcement during a visit to the Knowledge Transfer Centre at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in South Yorkshire after he formally opened the UKCCSRC’s Pilot-Scale Advanced CO2-Capture Technology (PACT) facilities in Beighton.

The minister said, “CCS is a key part of our low carbon energy future. Research and innovation is essential to help keep up the momentum in this sector, so I am pleased to announce £2.5million from the UKCCSRC to support 14 new projects.”

These projects, including seven on CO2 capture (£1,128,000), five on CO2 cross-cutting issues (£1,040,000), and two on CO2 storage (£399,000) have attracted a total of £2 million in additional co-funding and support from a broad range of industrial partners from the UK and overseas.

The projects funded in this call are fundamental and multidisciplinary CCS research projects that focus upon research needs identified by the Advanced Power Generation Technology Forum (APGTF) and the DECC CCS Roadmap for Innovation and R&D.

This call builds upon the £2.2million allocated in 2012 for 13 projects in the UKCCSRC’s first call. The 14 projects in the second call will involve nine different UK universities in the delivery of the research.

Two of the projects include significant academic collaboration with Australia and China. The Quantifying Residual and Dissolution Trapping at the CO2CRC Otway Project Injection Site, excitingly involves collaboration with the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) in Australia – its storage program manager, Dr Matthias Raab said.

The progress and research outcomes of the 14 projects will be made publicly available on the UKCCSRC website: www.ukccsrc.ac.uk

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