The RAPID (Research and Pathways to Impact Delivery) process began with Phase 1, which captured research impacts through UKCCSRC engagement with a wide range of CCS stakeholders. The UKCCSC Biannual Meeting, on 2-3 April 2012, in London fully launched this engagement strategy. This and subsequent meetings, led by the UKCCSRC Research Area Champions, provided well-considered content for Application Impact Tables, which link research areas to levels of knowledge in these areas and to impacts. The research areas and impacts were mapped against the APGTF Report Research and Development priorities (the report is key to the DECC Roadmap for CCS). The results of this community scoping exercise were compiled and became the first version of the RAPID Handbook, which was launched on 24 July 2012, and then provided the Centre with requirements for core research activities to be undertaken.
A series of meetings were held in November 2013 to discuss further RAPID phases, inviting Centre Members to participate in a series of RAPID meetings to review and update the original RAPID handbook in light of the then forthcoming update to the APGTF Roadmap for CCS. These inputs were included in the RAPID 1.1 Handbook (parts 1.1a and 1.1b).
Moving forward, and following two stages of development for the RAPID handbook with predominantly academic inputs, links were established with the Centre's Independent Advisory Panel (IAP) and the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) Technical Working Group for more targeted CCS practitioner engagement to set priorities and routes for impact.
Real progress in understanding actual CCS deployment issues, and the underpinning research required to address them, can only be made with the cooperation of stakeholders with actual experience of planning and, as time goes on, also executing projects. Progress is therefore related to the rate of CCS market development, and the field has seen a significant number of companies both leaving and joining since the UKCCSRC project started.
Phase 2 of RAPID would therefore focus on topical updates, based on links with practitioners, undertaken as opportunities occur.