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Reference Number EP/W002841/1
Title UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Community Network+ (UKCCSRC 2022)
Status Started
Energy Categories FOSSIL FUELS: OIL, GAS and COAL(CO2 Capture and Storage) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Business and Management Studies) 10%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 80%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 10%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Other (Energy technology information dissemination) 100%
Principal Investigator Dr J (John ) Gibbins
No email address given
Sch of Engineering and Electronics
University of Edinburgh
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2022
End Date 30 September 2025
Duration 42 months
Total Grant Value £1,810,821
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Scotland
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr J (John ) Gibbins , Sch of Engineering and Electronics, University of Edinburgh (99.992%)
  Other Investigator Dr P Fennell , Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr KLS Campbell , Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor RS (Stuart ) Haszeldine , School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
Dr D Reiner , Judge Business School, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Dr R Marsh , Engineering, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Dr C (Clair ) Gough , Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr J Roberts , Civil Engineering, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Dr B Wetenhall , Sch of Engineering, Newcastle University (0.001%)
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Abstract The UK is seeing an unprecedented rise in CCS activity, with deployment planned to go from currently nothing to 10 million tonnes of CO2 captured and stored per year by 2030, followed by two decades with average growth of 10-15% per year to deliver around 100 MtCO2/yr by 2050 to underpin the UK's net-zero target. Networking by the UKCCS Research Centre, as an inclusive and open virtual national hub, has helped to start now-mainstream UK initiatives on industrial decarbonisation (2012) and CCS clusters (2016) and has continued to grow with innovative on-line activities and focused support throughout the COVID epidemic. This proposal will deliver seamless continuity and expansion of these services to a UK CCS community currently with over 600 academic members (including ECRs) and over 1000 wider network links that has to expand and diversify rapidly to deliver the 2030 targets and will also help to develop UK capacity to meet the equally-great challenges of the following decades.Our overall aim is to maintain a UK scientific lead in CCS, behind only the much larger USA and China, that the existence of an inclusive EPSRC-supported CCS network since 2009 has helped to establish, and to ensure that this lead is translated into wealth creation and commercial advantages for the UK via strong and focused networking with a successful CCS industry sector.People, principles and planning are the keys to successful networking. The UKCCSRC 2022 delivery team brings a diverse set of talents and backgrounds, a rigorous ethos of inclusivity, openness, scientific excellence, hard work and friendly engagement, and includes solid experience, over many years, of how to plan and deliver a networking programme, with activities and services that are educational, in the broadest sense, and also enjoyable and exciting.The Network+ programme will help the UK get the most value from its world-leading CCS, and wider, academic community by linking research producers and research users, with four main tasks:1) To support the rapid growth planned in UK deployment across the full range of CCS activities required for delivering net-zero (i.e. capture from all sources and all forms of secure, long-term storage, and the full range of states of commercial readiness) using the best science available.2) To develop the new science to underpin future improvements and cost reduction in areas of CCS where the UK has a strategic need or advantage and help translate this into a wealth-creating UK industry sector.3) To grow the capacity in people, infrastructure and institutions to meet the sustained long-term expansion required in CCS out to 2050 and beyond.4) To devise and deliver open-access fast-track research projects.Developments to underpin the achievement of these objectives include:a) To at least double academic membership from about 300 to 600, including many more specialists in related fields.b) Industry - because of a much wider range of companies getting engaged withCCS this is expected to rise to at least 100 industry participants.c) Government and regulation engagement - continue as trusted independent experts, with specialised knowledge transfer to support this key group of stakeholders.d) Early Career Researchers - grow existing programme of >300 ECRs to double this number, with welcoming and inclusive knowledge exchange and networks in CCS for new arrivals.e) International links with CCS partner organisations worldwide, facilitate networking and help build collaborative research activities.f) Build on established network contacts (1600+) to grow regular conference programme from ~150 per meeting to ~300.g) Higher profile for academic CCS research through media, knowledge sharing and enhanced Web presence as national interest in CCS grows. h) A £1M budget for flexible funding of fast-track projects, with open calls following well-established procedures, including independent administration and a high standa
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