Successful launch event for CICCS
The successful launch of the Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage (CICCS) has propelled the Centre to the top of the national agenda.
The centre has been established by Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, with substantial funding from the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) and is bringing together experts from many different fields of expertise to work together on ways of dealing both with the CO2 we currently produce and the reduction of how much CO2 we produce in the future. Engineers, mathematicians, bio-scientists, geographers and geologists are all collaborating to find solutions that could ultimately help towards the future protection of our planet.
The launch event took place on 8th February, 2008, in the Senate Chamber at the University of Nottingham, with nearly 80 people registered and a tv crew in attendance. Professor David Greenaway, the University’s Pro Vice Chancellor, opened the event, welcoming everyone to Nottingham. This was followed by Dr Nick Palmer MP (Private Parliamentary Secretary to the Energy Minister), who welcomed the Centre on behalf of the Energy Minister, Malcolm Wicks.
Professor Maroto-Valer presented the research, training and outreach activities planned by CICCS and described the different opportunities available for involvement with CICCS through knowledge transfer activities and by defining research programmes.
Keynote speakers included Dr David Clarke (Director, Energy Technologies Institute), Lord Oxburgh (President, Carbon Capture & Storage Association and member of the House of Lord’s Select Committee on Science and Technology), Mr Martin Maeso (Technical Director, Energy Institute) and Dr Keith Burnard (Chief Technical Consultant, AEA Energy & Environment), who outlined the need for CICCS and synergies with their organizations.
The afternoon session included group discussions to facilitate interaction between academics and specialists and also between companies interfacing with the Centre. Presentations were given by Dr Katie Finch and Dr Stephen Elsby from EPSRC on the Challenging Engineering Scheme and the Power Sector Team and Prof Colin Snape from University of Nottingham on the Midlands Energy Graduate School.