UK Korea CCS UoE workshop webA UK delegation of scientists travelled to Korea earlier this month as part of a joint clean energy initiative funded by the British Embassy in Seoul and Korea’s national research agency.  

The visit, led by Dr Hyungwoong Ahn of the University of Edinburgh, was part of the UK-Korea Focal Point Programme: Clean Energy. The scientists from Edinburgh and the University of Bath, who are engaged in a project aimed at invigorating research collaboration between the two countries, are exploring future hydrogen (H2) based economies. During their visit, they met fellow researchers at Yonsei University and the Korean Institute of Energy Research.

Last October, Dr Ahn held the project’s first workshop at the University of Edinburgh, which was attended by a group of visiting Korean academics and post-graduates along with UK academics from Edinburgh, Bath and the University of St Andrews.

The project, Advancing a Futuristic H2-based Economy through a Creative Partnership between the UK and Korea, has been funded by the UK Science and Innovation Network at the British Embassy Seoul and the National Research Foundation of Korea.

Dr Ahn of the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh said:

In the very near future carbon capture, utilisation and storage, or CCUS, will become one of the most essential parts of a large-scale hydrogen production facility, in which fossil fuels, the raw materials of this process, are reformed into hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2). To decarbonise the H2 plant, the CO2 by-product currently being emitted into the atmosphere has to be captured and then stored underground or utilised for chemical production. We are grateful for the funding provided by the British Embassy and Korea’s National Research Foundation to progress this project, which is nurturing research collaboration between academics from the UK and Korea.

Dr Ahn was joined on the visit to Korea by fellow Edinburgh scientist Prof Xianfeng Fan and Dr Salvador Eslava from the University of Bath.

UK Korea CCS UoE workshop
Scientists from the UK and Korea meet at the project's first workshop, held in Edinburgh in October 2017

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