CCS in the UK: Delivering for the Future - London Biannual

The UKCCSRC Spring 2017 Biannual, CCS in the UK: Delivering for the future will be held in London at Imperial College London's Sir Alexander Fleming Building on their South Kensington Campus on Tuesday 11 April - Wednesday 12 April 2017.

Registration deadline: 27 March 2017


Tuesday 11 April 2017


Optional visit to Imperial College London CCS Facilities

Chem Eng Pilot Plant

The ChemEng Discovery Space allows students and industry professionals alike to benefit from an unparalleled hands-on educational experience, with the four-storey high state-of-the-art carbon dioxide capture pilot plant (~500T/yr) representing a scaled-down chemical engineering plant. The centrepiece of the facility is the show-stopping ABB control room, accompanied by the installation of several brand new laboratories kitted out with the latest chemical engineering teaching equipment. More info here

Then a visit to three (out of 5) of our complimentary storage laboratories

Qatar CCS Mulitscale Imaging Laboratory

This lab is dedicated to the imaging of flow in porous media at reservoir conditions at different length scales using X-ray Computer-aided Tomography (CT). This includes a bespoke petrographic X-ray CT that can record images in either horizontal or vertical orientations, and high pressure apparatus that allow for the controlled flow of CO2 and brines at extreme temperatures and pressures with or without chemical reaction. We use a micro-CT specially adapted to recreate reservoir conditions, using flow experiments to visualise the arrangement of fluids and pore scale imaging of rock structures with a resolution of around 1 micron. We aim to focus on the impact of pore-scale processes and controls for large scale phenomena such as capillary trapping, changes in wettability and reactive transport. These images go hand-in-hand with our pore-scale modelling research that can utilise approaches from a wide spectrum of techniques depending on the research hypothesis, and will ensure Imperial will be known globally as the home of the Digital Rocks revolution. More info 

Qatar Thermophysics Laboratory

This lab is dedicated to the study of fundamental physics and chemistry to improve our understanding of carbon sequestration and CO2-driven enhanced oil recovery. There are presently significant gaps in our knowledge concerning the thermophysical properties that are basic input parameters for reservoir simulators and the building blocks of quality predictive simulations of CO2 storage. The laboratory houses customised high pressure, high temperature (HPHT) equipment to provide high accuracy experimental data for brine/CO2/hydrocarbon systems under reservoir conditions. The properties studied include phase equilibria, density, interfacial tension, contact angle, viscosity and diffusion coefficients. The HPHT equipment for use with brines and high pressure gases, much of which is built in house, requires specialist designs, materials and operating procedures. More info 

Qatar Complex Porous Media Laboratory

The lab is dedicated to the experimental characterisation of flows and gas-solid equilibria in complex porous media, including reservoir rocks, with relevance to CO2 storage and hydrocarbon recovery operations. More info

Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Thank you to Iain Macdonald at QCCSRC/Imperial College London for facilitating this


Arrivals and registration and LUNCH


Welcoming remarks
Martin Blunt- Chair in Petroleum Engineering, Imperial College London
Jon Gibbins - Director, UKCCSRC


Opening keynote
Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke (CCSA) 


Research Councils UK Update
Celia Yeung (EPSRC)


International CCS

Chair: Jon Gibbins (UKCCSRC)
Mohammad Abu Zahra (Masdar Institute) - UAE
Rodney Allam (NetPower) - USA
Amy Brunsvold (NCCS/SINTEF) - Norway, Norwegian CCS Research Centre – Industry-driven innovation for fast-track CCS deployment




Update from the UK Government
Will Lochhead (BEIS)


Oxburgh Report's £85MWh - How to make it happen

Chair: Bryony Livesey (Costain)
Speaker panel:
Patrick Dixon (CCSA)
Stuart Haszeldine (SCCS/University of Edinburgh)
Graeme Sweeney(ZEP)


Sessions close


Networking drinks reception and poster session

including UKCCSRC Data and Information Archive drop-in session


Networking DINNER (Senior Common Room, Sherfield Building, Imperial College London)
Dinner speaker: Rodney Allam (NetPower)


Wednesday 12 April 2017


Arrivals and registration


ESIOS update
John Midgley (BGS)


Can BECCS make an impact? 
Chair: Mohamed Pourkashanian (University of Sheffield)
Hannah Evans (ETI), Can BECCS make an impact?
Patricia Thornley (University of Manchester), Environmental impact of BECCS systems




(Parallel Sessions)

Parallel Sessions

Understanding micro to macro scale processes
Chair: Stuart Haszeldine (SCCS/University of Edinburgh)
Stuart Gilfillan (University of Edinburgh), Using oxygen isotopes to quantitatively assess residual CO2 saturation during the CO2CRC Otway Stage 2B Extension test
Sam Krevor (Imperial College London), The multiphase flow properties of CO2 storage reservoirs in the United Kingdom
Haroun Mahgerefteh (UCL)
Hayley Vosper (BGS), Call 2 project. MSc-UK: Multiscale Characterisation of CO2 Storage in the United Kingdom

CCR and Commercialising CCS
Chair: David Reiner (University of Cambridge)
Jia Li (GDCCUSC), Capture Ready for Chinese Power plant

Phil Macdonald (Sandbag)
Ian Temperton (Ian Temperton Consulting), CCR and Commercialising CCS


Closing Keynote 
Jim Skea (Committee on Climate Change)

13.00-13.10 Closing remarks


Meeting close and LUNCH


The UKCCSRC ECR Meeting Fund is now available to ECRs who wish to apply for support for travel and subsistence to attend the UKCCSRC Biannual Meeting in London on 11 and 12 April 2017. Funding is available to support travel, accommodation (up to a maximum of two nights) and subsistence for the meeting.  For details of the application process, deadlines etc. please see the ECR Meeting Fund page. Application deadline: 10 March 2017

The UKCCSRC is delighted to announce that there will be an Early Career Researcher (ECR) Poster Prize at the UKCCSRC Biannual Meeting in London on the 11 and 12 April 2017. Up to three prizes will be awarded to ECRs for the best poster presentations covering the range of capture, storage and cross-cutting issues topics. Please note that only UKCCSRC ECR members are eligible to enter. Winners will receive a prize certificate and a voucher for £250 of CPD (continuing professional development) activities. To apply, please indicate that you would like to enter a poster in the competition when registering below. Please note spaces are limited so please apply early. 

The Sir Alexander Fleming Building is located in the heart of Imperial College London's South Kensington campus. The campus is within a short walk of South Kensington Underground Station and is nestled amongst the Science Museum, The Natural History Museum and the Royal Albert Hall. Further information about the campus and how to get there can be found online

As London accommodation options are so varied in cost and location, we do not have any specific recommended hotels. We suggest that each delegate look online for the best accomodation suited to their budget. 


Event date: 
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 10:30 am to Wednesday, April 12, 2017 1:15 pm
Venue address: 
Sir Alexander Fleming Building
Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, South Kensington
United Kingdom
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Please note that there are limited spaces for this and spaces will allocated on a first come first served basis
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There will be an opportunity to present a poster of your research at the meeting. If you wish to do so, please indicate above and complete the following question requesting the title of your proposed poster. There is also an opportunity to win an Early Career Researcher (ECR) Poster Prize. If you are an ECR, any poster you propose that is selected is eligible for this prize unless the poster is a UKCCSRC funded project. Winners will receive a prize certificate and a voucher for £250 of CPD (continuing professional development) activities.
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