The Acorn carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in north-east Scotland, led by Pale Blue Dot Energy, recently secured £4.8 million from the UK Government’s CCUS Innovation fund to carry out detailed design and move the project closer to realisation by 2023.
A new paper outlining findings from EU-funded research, which moved Acorn from proof-of-concept to the point where design could begin, has now been published and is available to download for free until 10 August 2019.
The ACT Acorn project was funded by the EU’s Accelerating CCS Technologies programme and involved scientists from three European countries and eight partner organisations; including SCCS partners, Heriot-Watt University, the University of Aberdeen, and the University of Edinburgh.
The new research paper, Developing full-chain industrial CCS in a resource and infrastructure-rich hydrocarbon province, published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, assesses Acorn's publicly available outputs in order to identify strategies that could enhance the viability of early-stage CCS projects.
The paper, written by ACT Acorn consortium partners, concludes that:
- Cost reduction and stakeholder support are essential for CCS industry development
- Acorn is aimed at developing a full-chain CCS system at minimum cost by the 2020s
- Infrastructure re-use and staged investment and development enable cost reduction
- Stakeholder and local community engagement is key to promote a just transition
- The Acorn experience can be implemented in regions with similar CCS needs