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In November 2014 Sandbag and the All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group (APPCCG) hosted an event in the Houses of Parliament to discuss new ideas in Carbon Capture, Utilisation & Storage (CCUS). Carbon Capture and Storage is conventionally understood to involve separating out CO2 and storing it in geologic formations (depleted oil & gas fields or aquifers) deep underground. However, there are a great many technologies offering new ways to store carbon emissions, and often in a way that produces a useful (and profitable) product.

Whilst the technologies, as with any others, do not offer a silver bullet in the fight against climate change, they can be part of the puzzle in dramatically reducing emissions.

The Houses of Parliament

'Westminster' photo by notcub on Flickr, used under a Creative Commons Licence.

The event brought together a variety of researchers in the field to discuss CCUS and its potential. Click the links below to view their presentations.

 

Prof. Peter Styring is Director of the UK Centre for Carbon Dioxide Utilization and Director of External Relations in Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Sheffield. Peter’s presentation looked at CO2 utilisation in overview, and focused on his work creating CO2 –to-plastics and CO2-to-liquid fuels.

 

Prof. Colin Hills is Professor of Environment and Materials Engineering Director, CCLR Faculty of Engineering and Science, at the University of Greenwich. Colin’s presentation looked at accelerated carbonation of waste, the technology used by Carbon8, the company he founded.

 

Dr. Paula Carey is Founding director at Carbon8, and spoke on how the business case for using CO2 in aggregate production.

 

Prof. George Chen works on Electrochemical Technologies in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham. George spoke about molten salts electrolysis for CO2 capture and utilisation.

 

Michael Priestnall, Chair of CO2Chem Network's Mineralisation Research Cluster, and founder of Cambridge Carbon Capture, talked about large-scale mineralisation of CO2 emissions.