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The UKCCSRC Spring 2017 Biannual, took place at Imperial College in London on the 12-13th of April. After the first day of conference sessions – focusing on delivering CCS for the future -, the networking continued at the Poster presentation sessions, which was coupled together with a drinks reception. I opted for a glass of white wine and started to explore the exhibited posters. The UKCCSRC biannual is always a great opportunity for networking with people from academia, industry and government, as well as meeting a good mix of people at various stages of their careers, and with experience of working both in the UK and abroad (including the US). At this session I was able to meet new people...Read more
The evening networking dinner at the end of the first day of the spring UKCCSRC biannual meeting of 2017 proved to be a lively event, allowing the attendees to mix and connect over a very well received meal. In fact, many opportunistic diners enjoyed the menu so much that they helped themselves to the spare dishes left by colleagues that couldn’t attend! UKCCSRC director Jon Gibbins employed his usual trick to mix up the delegates during the evening meal, laying down rules for diners to move from table to table throughout the meal, mixing amongst their fellow CCS researchers, and building new conversations and breaking barriers that would have otherwise insulated the sub-groups of the very diverse field of CCS...Read more
Chaired by Dr Bryony Livesey from Costain, the final session on day one focussed on the Oxburgh Report, concerning the role of CCS in the UK. The report states that CCS will be an essential component in delivering the lowest cost of UK decarbonisation, with full-chain CCS costing in the region of £85/MWh, under the right circumstances. Prof Stuart Haszeldine, Patrick Dixon and Dr Graeme Sweeney all took to the stage to consider how the UK can get to the point where CCS costs could be reduced to this level. First up was Prof Haszeldine (University of Edinburgh/SCCS), who presented “simply the most convincing argument you ever heard” . . . his own words! He highlighted that the same mistakes...Read more
I am Nelia Jurado, a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Cranfield University. I was awarded with some travel funding to attend to the Biannual UKCCSRC Meeting held at Imperial College London. I was assigned to report on the opening session, which I personally found very enlightening, for the tips that Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke gave about how to approach the difficult context that the development of CCS technologies is facing in UK and worldwide. Martin Blunt started the session on Tuesday welcoming all the attendants and thanking for the tours done during that morning around the experimental lab facilities at Imperial College. He introduced Jon Gibbins, Centre Director of UKCCSRC. Jon gave an update about the new centre, which has received...Read more