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This blog was co-authored by Hisham Al-baroudi , Abdul’Aziz A. Aliyu , Adeola Awoyomi , Daniel Okuo , Yongliang Yan who attended a 5-day training programme at the UKCCSRC PACT facilities The Pilot-Scale Advanced Capture Technology (PACT) facilities fuse together 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 scale industrial pilot trials. Facilities include the Process and System Modelling platforms, 250kW Oxyfuel combustion plant, 250kW Air combustion plant, Two Micro Gas Turbines (MGT), Solvent-based Carbon Capture Plant, Air compression system, Cryogenic CO 2 storages units, Gas mixing facility and Biomass Grate Combustion Boiler. The 5-day Industrial training was designed to drill students...Read more
The follow blog is authored by Prof Paul Fennell, UKCCSRC Deputy Director for Capture. It has been a few months since the last one of my posts and I thought I’d write something – mainly to take my mind off the car journey that I’m on. I’m currently on the unpaid part of my sabbatical and we are travelling round South East Asia. Specifically here, I am on the road between Siam Reap and Phnom Penh. Whilst we were in New Zealand, I did many high-adrenaline sports and activities, but nothing compares to the excitement of trying to fit a motorbike, a tuk-tuk, a bus and a car (driven by our driver, who is a lovely chap) on to one...Read more
My fieldwork photograph has made it to the final of the University of Strathclyde’s Images of Research 2018 competition. The photo was taken in Spring 2017 when Dr Andrew Feitz (Geoscience Australia) and I were measuring CO 2 degassing rates at a site of natural CO 2 degassing associated with a spring emerging near a creek bed in Victoria (Australia). The image shows Andrew sat at the edge of the creek staring at our technically savvy CO 2 measuring apparatus, which is strapped to a tree branch. Andrew looks a bit bored. He has to be as still has he can for several minutes. So at this moment he is mimicking a statue of a scientist. From the photo, you...Read more
The first day of the UKCCSRC Conference opened with a talk by Chris Davies, a member of the European Parliament. “The answer to climate change lies beneath our feet, underground”, he told to the 160+ audience just after relating the personal story about how he got convinced that CCUS was a real solution to reduce CO 2 emissions. During the talk, Davies provided a general view of the political panorama regarding the CCUS development. “We have not advocated enough for CCS technologies”. According to him, the lack of political commitment has prevented the materialization of CCUS in the UK. After the economic crisis in 2008, climate change ceased to be a priority topic in the political agenda. Furthermore, the timescale...Read more

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