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Dr Jen Roberts, University of Strathclyde. I forgot to tell anyone about my work and it has come back to haunt me in the form of the REF. I like to think that I “do” research impact. And in many ways I do. But a couple of weeks ago I realised how inconsistent my efforts can be. I found myself eating humble pie and I want to share a slice of learning with you. This disappointing revelation was prompted by REF2021. Now REF is a complicated beast, but for those unfamiliar with REF, in a nutshell all you need to know for this blog is that your research papers get ranked on a scale of 1-star (boring, parochial, of little...Read more
I am very lucky to have been able to continue my collaboration with the Containment and Monitoring Institute (CaMI), a business unit of CMC Research Institutes in Calgary thanks to the UKCCSRC ECR Collaboration Fund. I have had broadband seismometers deployed at CaMI’s Field Research Station (FRS) near Brooks, Alberta since 2015, thanks to ECR grants from the UKCCSRC. The project aims to simulate a leak from a CO 2 storage site to allow the full range of monitoring technologies to be tested for their ability to detect CO 2 in the shallow subsurface. The injection of CO 2 at a depth of 300m began in 2018 and to date 17 tonnes have been injected. Geophysical, geochemical, geomechanical and geodetic...Read more
We, Xiaoyu Wei (Cranfield University), Yuan Chen (University of Edinburgh), LABIB Mennatallah (University of Edinburgh) and David Cann (University of Chester), had the opportunity to attend the 5-day training course at the UKCCSRC Pilot-Scale Advanced CO 2 -Capture Technology (PACT) facility in Beighton, Sheffield from 9th to 14th September. PACT facilities host a state of the art, pilot-scale CO 2 amine-capture plant that can capture CO 2 in flue gases from either a 250kW air/oxyfuel biomass combustor or two 330kW gas turbines, and the state-of-the-art analytical equipment available to researchers. The PACT facilities fuse a comprehensive range of integrated research equipment with significant analytical capability to close the gap between bench-scale industrial and academic research, demonstration & development and large...Read more
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Patrick Brandl, Imperial College London, Ruiqi Wang, Newcastle University, Ayub Golmakani, Cranfield University and Olajide Stephen Otitoju, University of Sheffield, write about the Core Research Carbon Capture session, on day one of the UKCCSRC Autumn Programme Conference. The University of Edinburgh hosted the UKCCSRC programme conference on the 4th and 5th September. It saw national and international experts come together to discuss the recent advantages in CCS research. The session of Core Research Projects on day one of the UKCCSRC Programme conference in Edinburgh was kicked off with updates on Carbon Capture. Mohammed Pourkashanian Mohammed Pourkashanian, head of Energy Research at the University of Sheffield and Director of the Pilot-scale Advanced Capture Technology (PACT) national facilities provided insights into his...Read more

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