A Welsh University is to lead a €9 million EU research project on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). The University of Glamorgan will head the RELCOM project, which stands for Reliable and Efficient Combustion of Oxygen/Coal/Recycled Flue Gas Mixtures project.
Scientists will investigate how to burn coal while keeping carbon emissions down. Currently around 28% of electricity in the UK is produced by burning coal, say researchers.
Professor Steve Wilcox, who is leading the project said: “Coal will remain a major fuel for electricity generation worldwide for at least several decades. To reduce the impact of climate change, the power generation industry will be increasingly required to reduce its CO2 emissions.
“Improvement of cycle efficiency and increased use of biomass help to reduce CO2 emissions in the near term but the longer term need to move to near-zero emission power generation will require the deployment of carbon capture and storage technologies for the fossil fuel generation of electricity.”