The ETI has welcomed two announcements on carbon capture and storage today as a positive step forward in developing technologies that could play a vital part in the UK’s future energy mix.
One of the ETI’s Members, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) today announced a £13 million investment to establish a UK Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Research Centre.
The new centre will have its management base at the University of Edinburgh and aims to provide a national focal point for CCS research and development. It will be a virtual network that brings together academics, industry, NGOs and others in the sector to analyse problems and carry out world-leading research. Other institutions involved in the centre are the Universities of Cambridge, Cranfield, Durham, Leeds, Newcastle, Nottingham and Imperial College London, the Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the British Geological Survey, the majority of which are already working on ETI projects.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has also launched its CCS Commercialisation Programme and Roadmap today, which will set out the Government’s vision for achieving commercial deployment of CCS in the UK in the 2020s.
Commenting on today’s announcement, Dr David Clarke, Chief Executive of the ETI said: "CCS is a key development priority for the UK in the move to delivering affordable, clean and secure energy solutions.
For this to happen the costs have to fall, the efficiency levels rise and we need to know more about where and how CO2 can be stored off the UK’s coast.We hope DECC’s announcement and the EPSRC’s investment in a CCS Research Centre mean that the UK’s considerable expertise in CCS can be harnessed and focused upon collaborative working to ensure we realise the potential of CCS as a key energy component for the UK."
The ETI has announced £136m worth of investments in projects covering offshore wind, marine energy, distributed energy, buildings, energy storage and distribution, CCS, transport and bioenergy since it was formed in 2008. It has already announced £31m of investments in CCS technology.