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.
ALIGN-CCUS (concluded end 2020)
The ALIGN-CCUS project, an international partnership of 34 research institutes and industrial companies, will provide blueprints to deliver CCUS in industrial regions in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway and Romania.
By helping to address specific issues faced by industry, it aims to support the quick and cost-effective deployment of CCUS, enabling Europe’s industrial and power sectors to be part of a low-carbon future while remaining economically viable.
Co-funded by the European Union’s ERA-NET Accelerating CCS Technologies (ACT) initiative, the project involves scientists from three SCCS partner institutes and professional staff from the SCCS Team.
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.
European CCUS Projects Network
The CCUS Projects Network represents and supports major industrial projects under way across Europe in the field of carbon capture and storage (CCS) and carbon capture and utilisation (CCU). The SCCS Team is one of six partner institutes on the Secretariat, which manages the network on behalf of its members and funder, the European Commission.
The network connects industry partners involved in real-life CCUS projects, which have the potential to deliver significant carbon emission reductions in Europe’s industrial regions. It provides member projects with opportunities for sharing knowledge and best practice alongside guidance on how to increase public awareness and acceptance of CCUS technologies.
By pooling the expertise of its project members, the Steering Committee and the Secretariat, the network will provide advice to the Commission on the most effective way to deliver a commercially viable and technologically sound CCUS network for Europe.
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.
This 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 project will commence in 2020 and the website will be available in due course.
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.