Carbon Capture & Storage

Measuring surface gas flux at the In Salah CO2 injection site in the Sahara desert, Algeria

NERC's goal is to quantify the risks and understand the response of marine and terrestrial ecosystems to CO2 leakage. The technology 'push' in this area has revealed gaps in our understanding of the environmental implications of CO2 storage as technologies move from design to implementation.

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NERC's goal is to quantify the risks and understand the response of marine and terrestrial ecosystems to CO2 leakage. The technology 'push' in this area has revealed gaps in our understanding of the environmental implications of CO2 storage as technologies move from design to implementation.

Without action now, CCS will go ahead without fundamental research to understand the environmental implications of storage. Prioritisation of this action can help ensure that human and financial resources are not wasted on ineffective approaches.

Timing

2002 - 2014

Can I apply for a grant?

No, all funding has been allocated.

Budget

The budget for this programme is £3·9 million.

Programmes and grants

NERC and EPSRC co-funded the UK Carbon Capture & Storage Consortium (UKCCSC) from their 2002 Spending Review allocation for energy. Under the Research Councils' Energy Programme, NERC and EPSRC have each funded one consortium project after an announcement of opportunity was issued in July 2009. Two consortium bids were funded:

NERC
Potential ecosystems impacts of geological carbon storage - external link
PI: Mr J Blackford, Plymouth Marine Laboratory

EPSRC
Multiscale whole systems modelling and analysis for CO2 capture, transport and storage - external link
PI: Prof S Durucan, Imperial College

Other programme and grants:

UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) Programme - external link

UK Carbon Capture & Storage Consortium (UKCCSC) - external link

Carbon Capture and Storage: Realising the Potential - external link
PI: Prof Mike Bickle, Cambridge University

Predicting the fate of CO2 in geological reservoirs: Mineral-fluid kinetics - external link
PI: Dr Jim Watson, Director of Sussex Energy Group