University of Sheffield ideal hub for proposed CCS catapult

University of Sheffield ideal hub for proposed CCS catapult

The call for significant investment in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) infrastructure for the North of England, in a recently released IPPR report, has been welcomed by The University of Sheffield.

The report, titled Net-Zero North, recommends that implementing the infrastructure to support CCS in the North will support the future economic growth of the region by providing competitive industries and jobs in the sector.

Many international scientific bodies, including the International Energy Agency and the UK’s Committee on Climate Change, continue to highlight the essential role of CCS, if the UK is to meet climate targets. The North of England has the natural assets to implement CCS, giving it a competitive advantage over other European regions for the supply of low carbon energy and industry.

Professor Jon Gibbins, UKCCSRC Director commented “This report gives an excellent overview of the competitive advantage that the UK, and the North in particular, can gain through implementing CCS to decarbonise power, industry and hydrogen production.”

The report builds on the conclusions from a working paper released earlier this year by the Northern Energy Taskforce that outlined the need for a new Catapult organisation to oversee the drive towards Northern CCS clusters.

The University of Sheffield is a leading centre for research into CCS and operates the UK’s main national pilot-scale facilities for clean use of fossil and biomass fuels with CCS, as well as hosting the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC) in partnership with five other core research organisations.

Other notable linked centres of expertise include the University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with associated apprentice training, and the extensive Energy 2050 research programme, one of the largest university energy research programmes in the country.

Professor Mohamed Pourkashanian, Head of Energy Research at the University of Sheffield and Director of the PACT National Facility on CCS, said, “The University of Sheffield has the facilities and organisations already established that make it an ideal core around which to form the Catapult and deliver CCS clusters on Teeside, Humberside and in the North West, to ensure long-term, low-carbon jobs for the future.”