As the SCCS Secretariat we are involved in major funded projects in a variety of ways including project management, public engagement, providing communication, dissemination and IT services, and research input from within the team as well as from our partner institutes.
Our current projects are described here with links to their websites, in most cases websites that SCCS has developed.
The Scottish Net Zero Roadmap (SNZR) project is part of a Government funded challenge to develop net zero industrial clusters by 2040.
The aim is to develop a road map to show how the industrial cluster along Scotland’s East Coast can be decarbonised. It is currently emitting some 9.3 million tonnes of CO2 p.a. – This is around 80% of Scotland’s industrial emissions.
A number of scenarios will be explored to establish a series of clearly defined pathways to net zero for the range of industrial sites within the Scottish industrial cluster. The project will also investigate the infrastructure (renewables, hydrogen, carbon capture) which will be necessary to deliver this and analyse the policy levers which can be used to support industrial decarbonisation.
The purpose of the roadmap is to allow the industrial sites within it to make informed decisions about their future activities and investments. It will also allow policy makers, infrastructure owners and site operators to work together to meet targets and shared goals, and to drive a just transition and ensure a prosperous future for Scotland.
PilotSTRATEGY aims to advance understanding of deep saline aquifers (DSA) for geological CO2 storage in five European industrial regions. DSAs have much promise and potential for CO2 storage, yet are not well studied. There is a need to increase knowledge of these sites to enable faster deployment of CCS.
PilotSTRATEGY is a successor project to STRATEGY CCUS which identified storage capacity as the most uncertain factor in long-term implementation planning for CCS. Led, like STRATEGY, by BRGM, the French Geological Survey, PilotSTRATEGY involves both SCCS partner the University of Edinburgh, and SCCS itself. A five-year project, PilotSTRATEGY is funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.
The REALISE CCUS project unites industry experts and scientists from different nations in a concerted drive to support the refinery sector’s decarbonisation ambitions. The research, funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme, focuses on the full CCUS chain – from CO2 capture, transport and geological CO2 storage to CO2 reuse – for specific clusters which include refineries and other industries. The project results will support CCUS delivery by demonstrating the technology, enabling sizeable cost-reductions, undertaking public engagement and assessing financial, political and regulatory barriers.
STRATEGY CCUS brings together scientists from ten European countries and aims to support the development of low-carbon energy and industry in Southern and Eastern Europe.
The project focuses on eight regions identified as promising for CCUS development, and will support initiatives by producing local development plans and business models tailored to industry’s needs.
The project, which involves 17 research institutes, includes SCCS partner, the University of Edinburgh, and the SCCS Team itself. It has been funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
International shipping takes care of the movement of goods and products between nations. It has the lowest carbon footprint per tonne for long-range transport but still creates around 2.5% of global CO2 emissions. The maritime sector has pledged to reduce these emissions by 50% by 2050.
Different low-carbon technologies are being explored, including ship-based carbon capture (SBCC), which could provide a low-cost solution compared to zero-emission fuels, such as ammonia and hydrogen.
The EverLoNG project aims to encourage the uptake of SBCC by demonstrating its use on board LNG-fuelled ships and moving it closer to market readiness. Their research will optimise the technology and consider how best to integrate it into existing ship and port infrastructure.
International and national collaboration is inherent to EverLoNG, which aims to support the maritime sector’s ambitious and essential decarbonisation plans.
The LAUNCH project aims to accelerate the development of novel solvents and the uptake of carbon capture in various industries.
The international collaboration, which includes SCCS partner institutes and the SCCS Team, aims to solve a major hurdle to scaling up certain CO2 capture technologies, namely, solvent degradation. Project results will help develop a cost-effective strategy to control degradation and provide stable operating conditions for the lifetime of a CO2 capture plant.
The NEWEST-CCUS project focuses on the potential for creating negative carbon emissions in the waste to energy (WtE) sector through the use of carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) technologies.
Negative emissions will compensate for hard-to-decarbonise sectors of the economy, such as food production, shipping or aviation. European interest in CCUS for WtE is growing as landfill sites are phased out.
The NEWEST-CCUS research team, which includes the University of Edinburgh and the SCCS Team, will assess the size of the European market for CCUS for WtE and estimate the net CO2 removal achievable.
The work will build on research projects led by project partners in Germany and Norway, combined with expertise from the Netherlands and the UK.
ECCSELERATE builds on the work of the ECCSEL ERIC initiative, supported by the European Union, which has gained worldwide recognition for its focus on infrastructure research within leading European CCS knowledge centres.
Taking forward recommendations from the European Commission, ECCSELERATE will focus on the long-term sustainable operation of ECCSEL ERIC and increasing its in ongoing industrial CCS projects.
ECCSELERATE will also look at developing marketing, access and services models for industry and SMEs; increasing international collaborations; extending ECCSEL ERIC activities towards CO2 utilisation; and expanding membership.
The HyStorPor project, led by SCCS partner, the University of Edinburgh, will focus on the large-scale geological storage of energy in the form of hydrogen. Central to HyStorPor will be a new research centre on hydrogen usage and storage in Edinburgh.
Electricity generation from stored hydrogen can balance summer to winter seasonal energy demands. It can also replace methane for heating, a significant benefit as the heating of buildings is currently the largest source of carbon emissions in the UK.
HyStorPor will study sandstones from suitable UK formations and identify potential storage sites as case studies. However, the project’s outcomes and findings are expected to be of relevance in a range of international contexts.