Over more than a decade, SCCS has built strategic links with industry and across the international CCS academic community. More than sixty business partners have been involved in our projects and we have collaborated with more than 110 partners in funded projects across five continents.
On this page is a selection of recent and/or important projects we have led or been involved in; follow the links for more information. Click on the ARCHIVE for information on other completed projects.
CCUS Projects Network (2018-2021)
The CCUS Projects Network represented and supported major industrial projects across Europe in the field of carbon capture and storage (CCS) and carbon capture and utilisation (CCU). The SCCS Team was one of six partner institutes on the Secretariat, which managed the network on behalf of its members and funder, the European Commission.
The network connected industry partners involved in real-life CCUS projects, which had the potential to deliver significant carbon emission reductions in Europe’s industrial regions. It provided member projects with opportunities for sharing knowledge and best practice alongside guidance on how to increase public awareness and acceptance of CCUS technologies.
By pooling the expertise of its project members, the Steering Committee and the Secretariat, the network provided advice to the Commission on the most effective way to deliver a commercially viable and technologically sound CCUS network for Europe.
The SECURe project will gather scientific evidence relating to monitoring the environment and mitigating risk in order to guide subsurface geoenergy development. The three-year project will produce a set of best practice recommendations for establishing environmental baseline conditions for the geological storage of anthropogenic CO2, including outputs addressing how to develop effective communications strategies with different stakeholder groups.
Collaboration with leading groups in the USA, Canada and Australia will be a key part of the project, and the final results will be of relevance and use to a variety of stakeholders, from project operators and regulators to policy makers and the wider public.
The SECURe partnership includes major research and commercial organisations from seven European countries (Denmark, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland and United Kingdom), who will share results from the project more widely.
The ALIGN-CCUS project, an international partnership of 34 research institutes and industrial companies, will provide blueprints to deliver CCUS in industrial regions in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway and Romania.
By helping to address specific issues faced by industry, it aims to support the quick and cost-effective deployment of CCUS, enabling Europe’s industrial and power sectors to be part of a low-carbon future while remaining economically viable.
Co-funded by the European Union’s ERA-NET Accelerating CCS Technologies (ACT) initiative, the project involves scientists from three SCCS partner institutes and professional staff from the SCCS Team.
ACT Acorn (2017-2019)
Findings from the ACT Acorn project, completed in early 2019, guided development of the Acorn project – a low-cost carbon capture and storage (CCS) system in north east Scotland – from proof-of-concept towards design studies. ACT Acorn, which involved researchers and professional staff from SCCS, built on previous research, such as an appraisal of potential North Sea CO2 storage sites and options to re-use oil and gas assets.
Our work aimed at informing some of the gaps in the research and development landscape. It also explored a variety of build-out options from the St Fergus CCS hub to create a regional CCS network in Scotland, influence developments in other North Sea regions and lead the way for CCS development at mature oil and gas fields worldwide.
ACT Acorn was funded by the Accelerating CCS technologies (ACT) co-fund of ERA-NET under the Horizon 2020 programme.
Aquifer Brine Project: The impact of brine production on aquifer storage of captured CO₂ (2016-2017)
This ETI-funded project aimed to assess the potential for brine production through dedicated wells in target CO₂ storage formations to increase CO₂ storage capacity and security, and to reduce overall cost of storage.
Heriot-Watt University and Element Energy carried out the study with support from the SCCS Secretariat. Durham University and T2 Petroleum Technology also participated in the project. It built on earlier CCS research work and helped develop understanding of potential CO₂ stores, such as depleted oil and gas reservoirs or saline aquifers, located beneath UK waters.
CO₂MultiStore joint industry project (2012-2015)
The SCCS CO2MultiStore Joint Industry Project was an innovative study of rocks beneath the North Sea, which predicted that the secure and permanent storage of CO2 within a single geological storage formation could be optimised by injecting at more than one point simultaneously.
The research, which focused on a North Sea case study (the Captain Sandstone) and used cutting-edge methods, was conducted by scientists within the SCCS partnership and prospective site operators. Their findings will help to unlock an immense CO2 storage resource underlying all sectors of the North Sea for the storage of Europe’s carbon emissions.
CO2-EOR joint industry project (2012-2015)
The SCCS CO₂-EOR Joint Industry Project was a collaborative programme of work to develop an understanding of CO₂-Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), with the aim of creating a commercial use for CO₂ captured from power plants and industry. The project was led by SCCS partners and funding was been provided by the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, 2Co Energy Limited, Nexen and Shell.
The project focused on issues of major importance to project developers looking to link CO₂-EOR in the North Sea with CCS projects and produced 17 detailed reports covering a wide variety of topics.
CASSEM: CO₂ aquifer storage site evaluation and monitoring (2009-2012)
The CASSEM project brought together the experience and different working practices of utilities, offshore operators, engineering contractors, and academic researchers to build collective understanding and develop expertise. CASSEM produced both new scientific knowledge and detailed insight into the CCS industry, developing best-value methods for the evaluation of saline aquifer formations for CO₂ storage.
The project identified areas of industry and research community uncertainty to enable targeted investment of resource to reduce overall project risk. An open access, flexible full- chain costing model was developed allowing the CCS community to assess and explore overall costs. CASSEM's work also included the first use of citizen panels in the regions investigated for storage to assess public perception and educate the general public about CCS.