National study to progress leading carbon capture and storage research

01 Jun 2010 14:24:00.000



A detailed study of the UK will pave the way for new technology being developed to tackle the threat of climate change.


The £1m project will identify areas with suitable mineral deposits that can be used with new Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology.


CCS technology being developed by The University of Nottingham allows carbon dioxide (CO2) to be ‘locked up’ inside rocks permanently, creating a solid carbonate product that can be safely stored or turned into useful product such as bricks or filler for concrete
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The latest project, being carried out by the Energy Technologies Institute with a team of industrial and research partners including The University of Nottingham, will map distribution of the CO2 sources, such as power plants and industrial facilities, and the necessary minerals across the UK that could be used to capture and store CO2 emissions.


The survey will provide an estimate of how many of these areas could practically be used — and ultimately give an indication of the economics of CO2 capture using this technique, which is known as mineralisation.


It will also identify the technologies that could be developed to meet the UK requirements and determine the viability of mineralisation compared to other CCS approaches.


Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Director of the University’s Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage, said: “This represents the first ETI project for The University of Nottingham. We are delighted that our long-standing research programme in CCS by mineralisation has the opportunity to impact UK markets by economically capturing and storing CO2 emissions.”


The Centre has developed cutting-edge technology that 'captures' polluting CO2 and stores it permanently in rocks. Consequently it is not released into the atmosphere and cannot contribute to global warming, reducing the impact of power stations and other large CO2 producers on the planet's climate.


Further information at: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ciccs


A consortium led by Caterpillar and including Shell, the British Geological Survey, and The University of Nottingham’s Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage, was selected by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) to carry out the £1m project.


Dr David Clarke, Chief Executive of the ETI, said: “Much of the research in this field has concentrated on the chemistry involved. The ETI is looking at the opportunity to develop system solutions and identify the necessary technologies. We have already announced a project looking at the potential storage capacity for CO2 under the sea but mineralisation provides a possible alternative solution.


“Mineralisation potentially provides a permanent storage method, the CO2 could be converted into a useful end product and it could provide an opportunity to use waste materials to capture the carbon dioxide or be used in areas where local geological storage is not available.


“The ETI is involved in projects across the whole area of heat, power, transport and infrastructure and this is another example of us addressing these complex issues to deliver large scale engineering solutions.”


John Amdall, director of research at Caterpillar, said: “CO2 mineralisation permanently stores CO2 and has the potential for use in both large and small applications. Mineralisation also offers the potential of dramatically reducing the energy requirements and infrastructure requirements for CO2 capture and storage, thus making it a cost effective possibility for CCS.


“We are excited with this opportunity to work with ETI and the other consortium members to demonstrate the economic benefits of CO2 mineralisation.”


The ETI brings together the complementary capabilities of global industrial groups — BP, Caterpillar, EDF Energy, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and Shell — in a unique approach with the UK government. Operating at a national strategic level it is delivering large scale complex engineering solutions for the UK energy system helping to meet 2050 challenges.


Last year it announced 15 projects worth over £53m in offshore wind, marine, transport, CCS, energy storage and distribution and distributed energy.


The ETI also developed its unique Energy System Model to help identify those technologies capable of having the greatest impact through to 2050 under a range of different demand scenarios.

Already in 2010 the ETI has announced a further £3.5m of projects in offshore wind, distributed energy and transport.


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PICTURE CAPTION: Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer (extreme left) and her team at the Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage, University of Nottingham.

Notes to editors:

The Energy Technologies Institute




is a UK based company formed from global industries and the UK Government. The ETI brings together projects and partnerships that create affordable, reliable, clean energy for heat, power and transport. For more information, please go to: www.energytechnologies.co.uk


The ETI’s six private sector members are BP, Caterpillar, EDF Energy, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and Shell. The UK Government has committed to match support from four further Members.  The ETI’s public funds are received from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills through the Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). These organisations, together with the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), are engaged directly in the ETI’s strategy and programme development.


The ETI will accelerate the deployment of affordable, secure low-carbon energy systems from 2020 to 2050 by demonstrating technologies, developing knowledge, skills and supply-chains and informing the development of regulation, standards and policy.


The University of Nottingham

is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings.


More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.


The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's “only truly global university”, it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.


Nottingham was designated as a Science City in 2005 in recognition of its rich scientific heritage, industrial base and role as a leading research centre. Nottingham has since embarked on a wide range of business, property, knowledge transfer and educational initiatives (www.science-city.co.uk) in order to build on its growing reputation as an international centre of scientific excellence. The University of Nottingham is a partner in Nottingham: the Science City

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More information is available from Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Director, Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage, University of Nottingham, on +44 (0)115 84 66893, Mercedes.maroto-valer@nottingham.ac.uk; Nigel Richardson, Press Office, Energy Technologies Institute, on 01509 202084, nigel.richardson@eti.co.u

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