The UKCCSRC's remit includes coordinating international CCS activities and raising the UK’s profile. Three types of activity are used to deliver the UKCCSRC International Engagement vision: targeted engagement, relationship building and links to international organisations and events.
Targeted Engagement Activities take advantage of overseas collaborations to progress research and other UKCCSRC objectives. These activities may be initiated by the UKCCSRC and its members, based on perceived UK needs and overseas capabilities, or be initiated by other parties from overseas. Where relevant, funding-related opportunities are advertised to all UKCCSRC members and include:
- International ECR Exchange Programme – to support and strengthen both emerging and existing collaborations, awards from £1,000 for a week’s visit to £5,000 for one month.
- International Research Collaboration Fund – to support collaboration with other CCS researchers around the world, awards up to a maximum of £25,000 to cover travel costs and, where applicable, up to six months of staff time.
These activities include ongoing dialogue and interactions with other leading research organisations working on CCS, likely to be supported by a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) or other statement of intent once relationships have been identified and sufficiently developed. Currently the UKCCSRC has MoUs in place to support research collaboration with SaskPower (Canada), CMC Research Institutes (Canada), CO2CRC (Austrailia), CATO (Netherlands) and RCN-CCUS (USA).
The UKCCSRC has also signed an MoU jointly with SCCS, GEDI and CFEDI to help set up the Guangdong CCUS Centre in China.
Links to International Organisations and Events
Links to major international organisations, including through meetings and workshops,are also important. The benefits of attending (or organising) such meetings include state-of-the-art surveys, dissemination of research and/or promoting awareness of the UKCCSRC, networking in support of Targeted Engagement Activities and Relationship Building, and/or supporting wider UK initiatives. With many key stakeholders in one place, these types of events can be a cost-effective way to communication and network with multiple international partners.
Linking with International CCS Research Projects
In addition to the activities outlined above, the Centre has linked UK researchers with the best of overseas CCS Research, Development and Deployment activities to accelerate the development of UK capacity and allow resources to be concentrated where they are most needed. The Centre has worked extensively with Aquistore to enable UK researchers to gain no-charge access to the research site, including one UKCCSRC project 3D mapping of large-scale subsurface flow pathways using nanoseismic monitoring and one project funded under the 2012 ‘Research Challenges in Geological Storage for Carbon Capture and Storage’ EPSRC Call. The Centre has also developed strong links with CO2CRC in Australia which manages the Otway injection site. This has facilitated another UKCCSRC Quantifying Residual and Dissolution Trapping in the CO2CRC Otway Injection Site.