Organisers have hailed this year’s All-Energy exhibition and conference, which took place in Aberdeen on 21-22 May, as the largest one yet, and there was certainly a good show of interest in the Carbon Capture and Storage talks during Day 1.
The event, which has been held in the north east of Scotland for the last 14 years, featured two CCS slots within a broad conference line-up – the first focusing on the vision for CCS in the UK, with the second considering how this vision could be delivered. It was all the more pertinent, given that the Peterhead CCS Project – one of two full-chain projects to secure UK Government funding for design studies – is just a half-hour drive away.
Despite the shock news that the UK’s largest sustainable technologies event will relocate to Glasgow next year, there was clearly plenty of business being done within the exhibition halls. Our Business Development Executives, who were based at the Energy Technology Partnership stand, reported interest in CCS technologies by visitors from different companies and sectors.
If you missed this year’s conference, here are some highlights from the CCS sessions:
The North Sea is a huge CO₂ storage asset. There is a huge legacy of transport infrastructure, and some can be reused. We should be capable of doing [full-scale CCS]."
Prof Stuart Haszeldine, SCCS
Every technology needs to be brought into play [to tackle emissions]. If we are hooked into burning fossil fuels, we have to use CCS in a big way."
Prof Jeff Chapman, CCSA
We must reframe our thinking on CO₂ as part of electricity generation. [The Crown Estate] will be recommending interventions to address market failures on CCS as part of our Storage Development group."
Tom Mallows, The Crown Estate
[On role of CCS systems modelling] CCS technologies have challenges, but the tools already exist and have done for some years. Risk comes from placing existing technology in new configurations that include all elements of the CCS chain."
Alfredo Ramos, PSE
CCS will be able to meet flexible demand for electricity. The [White Rose] project is expected to confirm a levelised cost of electricity of less than £100 per MWh from full-scale CCS in the early 2020s."
Graeme Dunn, Capture Power Ltd (White Rose CCS Project)
It would need only a small number of capture projects from the major industrial emitters [in Scotland] to deliver sizeable reductions in Scottish emissions.”
Dr Pete Brownsort, SCCS
Knowledge sharing is [key] to the start of an industry. We will be building the first of a kind, not one of a kind.”
Bill Spence, Shell (Peterhead CCS project)
CCS is a practical and viable contributor to tackling climate change."
David Few, Atkins
The process industry is worth £10bn per annum to the UK economy. No other technology is available to meet legally binding [carbon] targets … but industrial CCS is not currently financeable.”
Neil Kenley, Tees Valley Unlimited
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