Cross Cutting Issues

Research Area Champions: Jerry Blackford, Clair Gough, Julia Race, David Reiner, Nilay Shah and Martin Trusler.

In between the Capturing of CO2 and the Storing of CO2, there is the transport of it from Capture source to Storage site and as transport affects both ends of the process, it is a cross-cutting issue.

Developing and deploying CCS also brings many challenges beyond the narrowly technical. Understanding the innovation processes for CCS requires inter-disciplinary studies drawing on natural science and engineering, as well as social science, economics, law, etc. Understanding socio-technical innovation processes can shed light on many relevant practical problems for policy makers, companies and other interested parties.

For example, we can learn from historical examples about the speed with which technologies can be scaled up and deployed, and how that was determined not only by factors internal to the technologies themselves, but also by how the relevant expertise is transferred between sectors and countries and distributed across organisations, how information was disseminated, how policy was designed, and governance regimes and other factors.

Of interest is also how to manage the establishment of the new knowledge needed, about the performance and impacts of CCS technologies. This can be a complicated process, especially when a technology becomes politicised, which is already happening to CCS. For the societal acceptance and support for CCS, it is also crucial to understand how the general public, local communities, NGOs and other groups perceive the technology.

Public Perception

Public perception is one of the key barriers to deployment of CCS. Local opposition has derailed experiments and some of the first projects aimed at storing C02 in the ocean (Hawaii and Norway, see de Figuerido 2002) and onshore in underground storage (Barendrecht in the Netherlands, Schwarze Pumpe and Beeskow in Germany; Greenville, Ohio in the United States).

Transport

Research Area Champion: Julia Race CO 2 capture will initially be carried at large point sources such as power stations to reduce costs. In most cases it is unlikely that these sources of CO 2 will be near to anywhere...

Policy, Economics and Finance

Regardless of the technological advances, CCS cannot be viable without a policy framework to support the technology, which would allow the technology to be economically competitive and attractive to investors. By increasing the capital and operating costs of unabated fossil-fired...