30 September 2014
|Yolanda Fernandez Diez with the CCS interactive mural|
Pyroclastic flows, panning for gold and an animatronic dinosaur that likes cuddles – it could only be Doors Open Day at the British Geological Survey, and SCCS joined the action to bring carbon capture and storage (CCS) to life for hundreds of visitors.
The University of Edinburgh's science outreach team brought along their eye-catching CCS interactive model, which features a working, two-column CO₂ capture unit and simulates the pathway from power plant to deep geological storage. The unit's creator, Peter Reid, was on hand to explain both the technology and its purpose.
Dr Katriona Edlmann, from the university's School of GeoSciences provided a predominantly adult audience with an overview of CCS and how it can play a part in reducing carbon emissions worldwide. She also described how researchers at the university and throughout the SCCS partnership are working to ensure the safe and permanent storage of CO₂ in geological formations.
Meanwhile, Dr Yolanda Fernandez Diez from Heriot-Watt University was introducing younger visitors to Carbaton, a carbon atom on a journey of discovery as he learns about the impact of too much CO₂ on the world's climate and how CCS could tackle this. The eight-metre long interactive mural kept the children entertained, while parents revived themselves with coffee and cake – all proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer.
Doors Open Day, coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust, is now a permanent fixture on Scotland's events calendar. Across the University of Edinburgh's King's Buildings campus, others were also opening their doors to what could be the best turn-out yet.
If you missed this year's Doors Open Day, or simply want to revisit the action at Murchison House, check out BGS's video and social media from the day.