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Scientists from across the Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS) partnership have won a combined European funding total of €14.6 million for five innovative and ambitious three-year projects as part of joint bids with academic and industrial partners from across Europe, the US, Japan and Australia.

SCCS partner institutes are involved in five of the 12 projects, which have secured support from the European Union’s highly competitive ERA-NET Accelerating CCS Technologies (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 CO2 capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS). The total project budget is €43.6m with private financing of €1.5m and the remainder coming from the projects’ matched funding.

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)

Project lead: TNO, The Netherlands
SCCS partner institute involved: The University of Edinburgh/SCCS Team
Total funding received from ACT: €5.1m

The LAUNCH project aims to accelerate the uptake of CO2 capture across industry through the development of novel capture solvents. The project will develop and demonstrate novel solvents for post-combustion CO2 capture. It will also establish a derisking mechanism to predict and control solvent degradation in order to improve both the performance and economics of CO2 capture processes.

Dr Philippa Parmiter, SCCS Project Manager, said:

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. Both of these, the database and the design of the test rig, will be made publicly available. That means CO2 capture plant operators will have access to the tools and knowledge that will help them operate their plants in a controlled and cost-efficient way with reduced solvent loss. And solvent developers will have access to tools that will assist the design and validation of novel solvents.

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

Project lead and SCCS partner institute involved: The University of Edinburgh/SCCS Team
Total funding received from ACT: €2.2m

NEWEST-CCUS focuses on the development and deployment of CO2 capture technologies tailored for waste to energy (WtE) plants. The project will also deliver a methodology for accounting for negative emissions and assess the size of the WtE CCS market to create regional roadmaps.

Dr Mathieu Lucquiaud, the University of Edinburgh, said:

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 a strategic resource to achieve negative carbon emissions, and that we develop models to value it accordingly.

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

Project lead and SCCS partner institute involved: Heriot-Watt University
Total funding received from ACT: €2.1M

PrISMa 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 CO2 sources and CO2 uses/destinations.

Dr Susana Garcia, Associate Professor, Heriot-Watt University, said:

It is incredible to work with a team that has world experts in their fields. Our enthusiasm for PriSMa was 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 results, except that we have already had a true breakthrough.

SENSE (Assuring integrity of CO2 storage sites through ground surface monitoring)

Project lead and SCCS partner institute involved: British Geological Survey (BGS)
Total funding received from ACT: €2.7M

SENSE will advance fast, cost-effective monitoring techniques for CO2 storage. The project team will develop new techniques and technologies, including geomechanical modelling, and use optimised data processing to provide an effective continuous monitoring option. This will support the verification of safe CO2 storage at large scale, providing assurance for operators and regulators.

REX-CO2 (Re-using existing wells for CO2 storage operations)

Project lead and SCCS partner institute involved: British Geological Survey (BGS)
Total funding received from ACT: €2.5M

The REX-CO2 project will develop a procedure and tools for evaluating existing hydrocarbon wells for CO2 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 – using case study evaluations from the six participating countries – for screening and assessing wells for their re-use potential.

Professor Mike Stephenson, British Geological Survey, said:

SENSE and REX-CO2 are both important projects 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. In REX-CO2, BGS is studying how already-existing infrastructure in oil and gas could be re-used for carbon capture and storage, making this vital technology cheaper and more practical.

ACT published its first Call for project proposals in June 2016, with a budget for the first call was € 41.2 million. A second ACT Call was published 4th June 2018, which received 26 project proposals. More details

ACT facts

  • The twelve successful projects have been allocated a total of €31.5 M from the ACT consortium
  • The total budget is €43.6M, with private financing of €1.5M and the remainder coming from matched funding from the projects themselves
  • Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, UK and USA are participating in 6-10 of the projects
  • France, Greece, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey are participating in 1-4 projects
  • There are partners from 3-7 countries in each project
  • Two of the projects (SENSEand SUCCEED) also have partners from countries outside ACT: Australia, Iceland, Italy and Japan

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