Keeping the "Engine-Room of the World" Clean

08 Oct 2010 16:47:30.797

Experts from The University of Nottingham and the British Geological Survey will showcase world-leading British research into carbon dioxide capture, transportation and storage in two days of seminars and workshops at Shanghai Expo beginning Sunday 10th October 2010. Significantly, China, the ‘engine room’ of the world, has been chosen to launch a major new UK environmental joint venture — the National Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage.

Capturing, transporting and storing carbon emissions is key to tackling climate change alongside promoting energy efficiency and the conservation of natural resources. In July the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced China had overtaken the US as the world’s largest energy consumer, years ahead of predictions.

All this energy is needed to fuel China’s phenomenal economic boom which, in recent months, has seen it become the world’s largest exporter and the second largest manufacturer, fast gaining on the United States. While Chinese oil consumption rose 28% in January and more coal is used in China than in any other country, generating over 70 per cent of its energy, China also leads the world in renewable energy implementation.

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Pro Vice Chancellor and University of Nottingham World Expo lead, Professor Chris Rudd said “Sustainable Cities need clean air and sustainable energy sources. Expo 2010 provides the perfect platform to announce our new partnership with BGS and the creation of nCCCS. But it also takes the climate change mitigation discussion to a part of the world that needs it like no other. We’re delighted to be back at the Expo Park to continue our stimulating series on sustainability topics”

Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Director of The University of Nottingham’s Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage (CICCS) and the new National Centre’s Chief Scientific Officer, said: “China’s role in CCS cannot be underestimated – to reinforce our conviction and our commitment to working with China to reduce emissions we are organising a unique two-day event at the Shanghai Expo 2010.

“Our training course on the full chain of technologies involved in carbon capture and storage is the first of its kind ever to be delivered in China. Our high-level stakeholder conference, ‘Keeping the Engine-Room Clean: CCS in China’, will discuss the next steps for carbon capture and storage in China.”

“The second day of the event marks the launch a major new research facility in the UK — the National Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage,” said Prof Maroto-Valer. “We chose Shanghai Expo 2010 as the international launchpad to highlight China’s integral role developing clean energy technologies.

“If the fight against climate change is to be won then China, perhaps more so than any nation, will have to harness all the available potential of CCS technology. We believe that on every level — environmental, economic and scientific — it is in the interests of the rest of the world to assist in any way it can.”

‘Carbon Capture and Storage — a short course’, on Sunday 10th October, will cover the science, technology and regulatory aspects of carbon capture and storage (CCS), providing interdisciplinary fundamental understanding of interest to scientists, engineers, technologists, managers and policy-makers working in an energy related field within industry, academia, consultancy or government.

It will introduce climate change science and the role of carbon capture and storage in a ‘mitigation portfolio’, the role of UK policy in establishing a market and CCS implementation, carbon capture, transport and storage science and technology, and regulation, risk and public acceptance.

Keynote speakers will include: Professor Mike Stephenson, Head of Science (Energy) at the British Geological Survey and Director of the new National Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage; Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Professor of Energy Technologies & Director of The University of Nottingham’s Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage (CICCS); and Dr Giorgio Caramanna and Dr Sarah Mackintosh, Research Fellows in the CICCS at The University of Nottingham, UK.

The University of Nottingham’s exhibition and series of expert-led events is running from May until the end of October in the London ZEDpavilion, part of the Zero Carbon Living Space zone at Shanghai Expo 2010.

The event on Sunday 10th October is open to the public and runs from 10:30–18:30pm. Attendance at the conference on Monday 11th October, ‘Keeping the Engine-Room Clean: CCS in China’, is by invitation only and runs from 10:30–17:00. More information can be found here:

All events take place in The Auditorium at London ZEDpavilion. The building is an example of urban best practice, designed and built by leading green architects ZEDfactory. It was chosen after winning the international design competition in this category.

Throughout October, the final month of Shanghai Expo 2010, top researchers from the University’s campuses in the UK and Asia, as well as leading colleagues from other institutions, will host five more thought-provoking workshops, lectures and conferences. These span Nottingham’s extensive research in sustainability:

Sun Oct 10 & Mon Oct 11  Carbon Capture and Storage

Monday October 11   Mental Health and its Role in Sustainable Industrialised Societies

Sunday October 17   Moving Images and the Digital Eco-City

Wednesday October 20    Alternative Energy: Hydrogen Storage

Sunday October 24  Sustainable Agriculture: The Role of Plant Reproduction

The University of Nottingham’s world changing research based on the theme ‘Zero Carbon, Zero Waste’ is on display at the Shanghai World Exposition 2010 until October 31. Millions of visitors are expected to visit the Expo and many will have an opportunity to explore — through words, pictures and video — The University of Nottingham’s leading research in sustainability as part of a collaborative exhibition with ZEDfactory.

The University is also partnering with the East Midlands Development Agency (emda) helping to attract Chinese investment to the East Midlands through the work of emda’s East Midlands China Business Bureau. Last month, emda announced that the Chinese car manufacturer, Chang’an Automobile Co, will establish its UK Research and Development facility at No 1 Nottingham Science Park, creating up to 200 new jobs.

The University of Nottingham’s dynamic internationalisation strategy attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations, undertakes world-changing research, and invests in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia.

As the first overseas academic institution granted permission to set up inside the People’s Republic, Nottingham has taken a pioneering role in China. Since 2004, The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China, has grown to more than 4,000 students and has received numerous awards and accolades. It was also declared Outward Investor of the Year by the foremost China-Britain trade association, the 48 Group Club.


Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the United Kingdom’s Top 10 and the World’s Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) World University Rankings.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to UK’s most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008), with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

Twice since 2003 Nottingham’s research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University’s School of Pharmacy also won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2007 for Innovation, and Nottingham was named Times Higher Education Entrepreneurial University of the Year for 2008.

The University of Nottingham has broad research portfolio but has also identified and badged 13 research priority groups, in which a concentration of expertise, collaboration and resources create significant critical mass. Key research areas at Nottingham include energy, drug discovery, global food security, biomedical imaging, advanced manufacturing, integrating global society, operations in a digital world, and science, technology & society.

Through these groups, Nottingham researchers will continue to make a major impact on global challenges.

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诺丁汉大学副校长克里斯•路德(Chris Rudd )教授说:“可持续的城市需要清洁的空气和可持续的能源来源。2010年世博会提供了一个完美的平台,让我们在此宣布与英国地质勘查署新结成的伙伴关系和以及碳捕捉碳储存国家中心的成立。同时,世博会还将缓解气候变化的讨论带到了世界上最需要的地方。我们很高兴回到世博园,继续开展关于可持续发展课题的富有启示的系列活动。”

诺丁汉大学碳捕捉与碳储存创新中心主任、新成立的碳捕捉与碳储存国家中心的首席科学官梅赛德斯•马偌图-瓦乐(Mercedes Maroto-Valer)教授说:“不能低估中国在碳捕捉与碳储存方面的角色,为了强化我们对此的确信和承诺,我们正在组织于上海世博会举办的、独一无二的为期两天的活动。”







主旨演讲人将有:英国地质勘查署科学(能源)负责人、新成立的碳捕捉与碳储存国家中心主任迈克•史蒂芬森(Mike Stephenson)教授,能源技术教授、诺丁汉大学碳捕捉与碳储存创新中心主任梅赛德斯•马偌图-瓦乐教授以及诺丁汉大学碳捕捉与碳储存创新中心研究员吉奥吉欧•卡拉马纳(Giorgio Caramanna)博士和莎拉•麦金托什(Sarah Mackintosh)博士。





10月10日(星期日)和10月11日(星期一) 碳捕捉与碳储存


10月11日(星期一)       精神健康及其在可持续的工业化社会中所扮演的角色

10月17日(星期日)    动态影像与数字生态城市


10月20日(星期三)    替代能源:氢储存

10月24日(星期日)    可持续农业:作物生产的作用






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For more information contact: Helen Foster, Head of Partnership Development in the International Office at The University of Nottingham, at; or Jackie Hadland, Communications Officer at The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China, on 0086 (0) 574 8818 0940,

For additional information on the National Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage is available from Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at The University of Nottingham, at For more about ZEDfactory please contact PR Director Jacqueline Faulkner at or visit For more about emda, contact Nick King, Media & PR Manager at the East Midlands Development Agency (emda), at, +44 (0)115 988 8375.

如果需要更多信息,请与以下人员联系。 诺丁汉大学研究创新服务(RIS)的伙伴关系发展负责人海伦•福斯特(Helen Foster),电邮;企业关系经理西蒙•巴特(Simon Butt),电邮;诺丁汉大学中国宁波校区对外联络员杰基•海德兰德(Jackie Hadland),电话:0086 (0) 574 8818 0940,电邮

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