Australia is a priority country for the Centre. The Centre have a range of partnerships, collaborations, co-operations with, as well as Centre Network and Associate Members from, many Australian entities from government level to individual scientist. A major step forward in these relationships was achieved by the Centre's mission to Australia in November 2013.
Organisations that the Centre have collaborated with include:
CO2CRC is one of the world's leading collaborative research organisations focused on carbon dioxide capture and geological sequestration. The UK CCS Research Centre has an MoU with CO2CRC to cover various individual or institute-level scientific collaborations by Centre Members, opportunities for Early Career Researcher, framework initiatives for speakers, etc. Members have ongoing collaborations and are in active discussion for joint projects, sharing of datasets, and other ways of adding value via UK capacity in CO2CRC, across the CCS commercial chain (e.g. as mentioned in CO2CRC's annual newslatter.
A key flagship area for the UK is storage-related research at the Otway facility. CO2CRC have conducted 2 major injection experiments at their Otway site and forward plans are in place for more. As a globally unique (non-commercial) site, the Centre identifies major strategic value in assisting the UK collaborate on CCS research at Otway.
Invited speakers and visitors from CO2CRC so far include Peter Cook who spoke at our biannual meeting in Nottingham in September 2013 and went on to tour key academic centres in the UK CCS Landscape as part of the Centre's initiative.
Centre representatives attended CO2CRC's hosting of the IEAGHG network workshop series Combined Meeting for its CCS Monitoring and Environmental Research Networks at ANU in Canberra.
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is Australia's national science agency and has a major CCS portfolio. CSIRO has bases in many Australian cities. Centre Members are collaborating mainly with CSIRO at U. Melbourne and Perth. In particular, recent initiatives include sharing datasets for storage modelling.
Invited speakers and visitors from CSIRO include Peta Ashworth of CSIRO in Queensland who spoke at our biannual meeting in Nottingham in September 2013
The CarbonNet Project (CarbonNet) is an initiative supported by the Australian and Victorian State government. The Centre opened a dialogue with a CarbonNet during the November 2013 mission and we are actively exploring best avenues to benefit the CCS research of either side.
The South Australian Government Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy's (DMITRE) Chair of ISO/TC 265 Australian Mirror Committee and Transportation Working Group Delegate, Michael Malavazos recently visited the Centre Secretariat. In addition to the main topic focus of transportation, a range of other CCS issues are in discussion/ going forward.
Other areas of collaboration with Australia include:
Early Career Researchers (ECRs)
Various ECR visits have taken place or are in planning or underway in Australia. In particular, the CO2CRC MoU provides a platform for ECRs).
EU CCS delegation visit to Australia March 2014
The UKCCSRC are participating in an EU CCS delegation visit on 10 – 14 March 2014. A series of visits look at FP7 projects involving Australia and look forward to new opportunities. Multiple EU Australian organisations are scheduled to participate with events in Melbourne, Otway, and Syndey.
Other Australian organisations and groups
The Centre maintains an active dialogue with: ANLECR&D, Geoscience Australia (Government of Australia) and the Australian Government Department of Industry and Science.