The SCCS partnership includes five research institutes. Within each of these, there are research groups dedicated to different areas of CCS research. You can find out more about these groups by following the links to individual websites. More information about our areas of research can also be found in the SCCS capability brochure.
The School of Engineering's main research relating to CCS includes evaluation and benchmarking of novel and close-to-commercial CO₂ capture technologies. This includes expertise chemical modelling of capture-plant and processes, and capture-plant to power-plant integration modelling, including analysis of the performance, flexibility, operability and economics of such plant.
As part of the School of GeoSciences, the group has a wealth of research experience ranging from the outer atmosphere, through to the earth's surface and oceans. This includes expertise in geography, geology, ecology and geophysics. In the CCS sector, this expertise has been applied to the characterisation of offshore geological CO₂ storage sites, CO₂ flow properties of rock and exploration seismology.
Set up with funding from the Wolfson Foundation, the Laboratory brings together chemists, chemical engineers, and geologists to study new catalytic methods of conversion of CO₂ into value-added chemicals and understand the chemical processes involved in maintaining safe geological storage sites. Research areas include new materials for CO₂ adsorption, new catalytic and electro-reduction technologies to incorporate/convert CO₂ into value-added chemicals, CO₂ monitoring sensors, and the chemical reactivity of CO₂ at pressures and salt-concentrations of relevance to geological storage systems.
RCCS, which is part of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS), is an interdisciplinary, innovative and international centre for research at the interface between science and engineering. It was formerly known as the Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage (CICCS) and rebranded in April 2017 due to a growth of the centre's research porfortlio and to reflect more closely the breadth of our research activities in the whole CCUS chain, clean energy and sustainability.Other research within EPS includes off-shore gas-separation technology, chemical looping processes, CO₂ sensor development and monitoring, measurement and verification of storage sites and pipelines, and the chemical fate of CO₂.
Part of the Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE), the centre investigates different hydrocarbon recovery mechanisms to improve current understanding of processes and produce the information needed to efficiently plan and manage field production. Other research groups within IPE also focus on CO₂ storage and have, over a decade, researched CO₂ phase equilibria, CO₂ hydrates and reservoir simulation of CO₂ injection, pore scale EOR modelling and flow assurance.
With a dedicated CCS team, BGS has many years’ experience in offshore drilling and ship-borne surveys, geological model building and, in its Edinburgh Anisotropy Group, has one of the world’s leading research groups for advanced seismic analysis. Facilities include onshore and offshore drilling and sample collection equipment, a full suite of laboratories, including the global seismology research laboratory, and expertise in subsurface data interpretation and analysis, with access to a range of industry-standard modelling software.
The Centre supports efforts to sustain and safeguard the UK’s energy supply while maintaining international commitments to cut carbon emissions. Its work covers areas such as energy production, sustainability of energy supply and the economic and environmental impacts of energy policies. Academics work closely with colleagues in, for example, the Engineering Faculty, Strathclyde Business School and the university’s Technology & Innovation Centre in multidisciplinary research, knowledge exchange and education in the energy policy arena.
The CCS Group sits within the Institute of Energy, which encompasses energy research and education at the University. The group has a diverse and growing portfolio of CCS research, which includes capture engineering, offshore storage, social perceptions of CCS, law and petroleum economics. The group has developed and makes use of a range of high-quality, cutting edge research facilities.