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.
University of Edinburgh
Carbon Capture at the School of Engineering
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.
Earth and Planetary Science
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.
Joseph Black Laboratory for Carbon Dioxide Chemistry
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.
Research Centre for Carbon Solutions
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.
Centre for Enhanced Oil Recovery and CO₂ Solutions
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.
British Geological Survey
Carbon capture and storage
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.
University of Strathclyde
Centre for Ground Engineering & Energy Geosciences
The Centre for Ground Engineering & Energy Geosciences, within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, conducts a range of CCUS-related research around storage site integrity, well integrity, borehole monitoring devices, microseismic monitoring, leak/contaminant remediation, fluid flow, and environmental and societal life-cycle impacts and geotechnical site investigation. The Centre is led by Professor Rebecca Lunn, who also leads a research group in development of novel, low carbon, hydraulic barrier technologies for soils and rocks. Applications include well sealing and barriers for waste disposal and geoenergy storage sites. The Faults and Fluid Flow (FAFF) research group, led by Professor Zoe Shipton, has world-leading expertise in fluid flow in faulted rocks and implications for CCUS site selection, security and monitoring.
Centre for Energy Policy
The Centre for Energy Policy 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. The role of the Centre for Energy Policy is to bring evidence based critical thinking to addressing these challenges in all economic sectors. The Centre has been recognised by BEIS for its “world-leading research in to economic impacts of CCUS”. The Centre is technology agnostic. The Centre is led by Professor Karen Turner, and works closely with the Engineering Faculty, Strathclyde Business School, the Law School, the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, and the University’s Technology & Innovation Centre to pursue interdisciplinary research, knowledge exchange and education in the energy policy arena.
The Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering (NAOME)
The Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering department leads a range of CCUS relevant research around CO2 transportation for CCUS schemes via either pipelines or shipping. Specific areas of expertise include the impact of impurities in the CO2 stream on the hydraulic design of pipelines, flexible operation of CO2 transport and storage systems and risk analysis and material specifications for CO2 pipelines. Much of this work is led by Dr Julia Race.
Strathclyde Business School
The University of Strathclyde Business School delivers world-leading research that is theory-driven and relevant for policy and practice on topics such as decision making support science and microeconomics with a number of researchers working on challenges relating to net-zero, including CCUS.
University of Aberdeen
CCUS Aberdeen Research Group
The CCUS Aberdeen Research 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.