CCS cash will build up UK ‘expertise’

Carbon Capture and Storage is a “key priority” for the UK and the Government’s billion pound support fund is timely, according to a UK development group. The Energy Technologies Institute […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Carbon Capture and Storage is a “key priority” for the UK and the Government’s billion pound support fund is timely, according to a UK development group.

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), a public-private partnership which invests in new technologies, says there is now a great opportunity for the UK to build its expertise in the new industry.

One of the ETI’s Members, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) yesterday also announced a £13 million CCS Research Centre in the UK.

“CCS is a key development priority for the UK in the move to delivering affordable, clean and secure energy solutions,” said Dr David Clarke, Chief Executive of the ETI.

“For this to happen the costs have to fall, the efficiency levels rise and we need to know more about where and how CO2 can be stored off the UK’s coast.”

He added: “We hope the announcement and the EPSRC’s investment in a CCS Research Centre mean that the UK’s considerable expertise in CCS can be harnessed and focused upon collaborative working to ensure we realise the potential of CCS as a key energy component for the UK.”