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Accelerating Breakthrough Innovation – Mission Innovation Reports

The Mission Innovation Carbon Capture Challenge aspires to provide a platform for advancing broad international collaboration in CCUS research and development that could significantly reduce CO2 emissions from power plants and energy-intensive industries.

The report is the collective outcome of the Mission Innovation CCUS Experts workshop, in which an international team worked collaboratively to identify research gaps and opportunities in CCUS.

It identifies research directions that will achieve revolutionary, not just incremental, advances. It is anticipated that researchers will draw on the findings to launch collaborative research efforts that accelerate the pace of CCUS innovation.

 

In The News – BBC reports on Direct Air Capture

CO2Chem Status Conference 2018

The second CO2Chem Status Conference will be held on Thursday 20th September at Loughborough University.

The conference will showcase research from across the CO2Chem network and highlight results from CO2Chem Seedcorn grants. CO2Chem members and especially past or present Seedcorn grant recipients will be invited to submit an abstract on their recent research or technology advances for short oral or poster presentation.

The event is free to attend though numbers are limited and it will be important to register in advance. Abstract submissions and registration will open in May.

CO2Chem Summer School – July 2018

The inaugural CO2Chem Summer School delivers a four day masters level cross disciplinary course in carbon dioxide utilisation. It will be held at Sheffield University from the 9th to 13th July 2018.

The programme covers core chemistry and chemical engineering plus life-cycle and techno-economic analysis, industrial symbiosis, circular economy, national/international policy and public affairs. It tackles each sequentially and then brings them together through an extended exercise based on state-of-the art industrial case studies.

The summer school has much to offer post-graduate students and early career researchers from across the associated engineering and physical sciences, whether from academia or industry. It is hosted at the UK Centre for Carbon Dioxide Utilisation at Sheffield University, running from 9th to 13th July.

The initiative forms part of the CO2Chem EPSRC Grand Challenge Network, which allows this year’s fees to be can kept low: £100 (students), £200 (non-students).

The course is restricted to 30 places so it is advisable to register early. A limited number of bed and breakfast places are also available. Cost for four nights’ accommodation (i.e. staying Monday to Friday) is £152 per person.

Registration

Venue – Richard Roberts Building at The University of Sheffield, UK

CDU Opportunities at Sheffield University

Sheffield University is recruiting for lecturers and senior lecturers to work within the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department.

Sheffield is home to the UK Centre for Carbon Dioxide Utilisation.

And hosts the management hub for CO2Chem Network.

Further details here.  The application deadline is the 30th April.

 

 

 

ECR Travel Grants for CDU Workshop in Beijing

Sustainable Systems for CO2 Utilisation:
From Innovation to Practical Implementation

Under the researcher links scheme offered within the Newton Fund, the British Council will be holding a workshop in Beijing China from 23rd-26th July 2018.

The workshop is being coordinated by Prof C. Hardacre (School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, University of Manchester, UK) and Prof Xiangping Zhang (Institute of Process engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences), and will have contributions from other leading researchers from the UK and China.

This is a call for applications from early career researcher based in the UK to attend the workshop. All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the grant. 17 UK based delegates will be selected to join 17 China based delegates in China in July.

Proposed topics to be covered: photocatalysis, electrochemistry, catalysis and process system integration.

ELIGIBILITY: This opportunity is open to early career researchers based in the UK (no restriction on nationality). Early career researchers are defined as holding a PhD and having up to 10 years post-PhD research experience. Consideration will be given to researchers with more than 10 years post-doc experience that have taken extended career breaks.

LOCATION: The workshop will be held in the Institute of Process engineering (IPE), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). No.1 Beiertiao Zhongguancun Haidian District, Beijing, China.

HOW TO APPLY: See organiser’s webpage for application details

Deadline for applications: 2nd April 2018
All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the grant

A call for CO2 users in/near Wiltshire (UK)

CO2Chem has been approached for help in identifying potential customers for CO2 captured from a crop based AD Plant in Wiltshire, UK.

The project is designed to produce 500 kg of liquified food grade CO2 an hour and is located outside of Swindon.

If this is of potential interest, please let us know (network@co2chem.com) and we can put you in touch with the project team.

Using seawater and crisp packets to cut CO2 emissions

Reuters have published a short online video:

Using seawater and crisp packets to cut CO2 emissions.

 

The film describes how researchers at the University of York, collect sea water from the nearby  coastal city of Whitby and filter it through a graphite-lined aluminium reactor to trap carbon dioxide. Electricity captured from solar panels is passed through, resulting in the aluminium turning the dissolved carbon dioxide into the mineral dawsonite, a natural component of the Earth’s crust. The process removes the need for high energy gas-pressurisation and toxic chemicals to mineralise the gas. The team also have plans to capture and use the hydrogen, which is generated as a by-product of the process. They see potential for significant scale-up – suggesting that as much as 850 million tonnes of carbon dioxide could be mineralised in this way each year.

 

The underlying research was recently published in the journal ChemSusChem: Capacitance-Assisted Sustainable Electrochemical Carbon Dioxide Mineralisation (Authors: Dr. Katie J. Lamb, Mark R. Dowsett, Dr. Konstantinos Chatzipanagis, Dr. Zhan Wei Scullion, Dr. Roland Kröger, Dr. James D. Lee, Dr. Pedro M. Aguiar, Prof. Michael North, Dr. Alison Parkin)

CO2Chem Seedcorn Grants 2018

CO2Chem Seedcorn grants support CO2 utilisation research and development in the UK. They are intended for pump-priming investigations, leading to further work, funding and publications.  The funding comes directly from CO2Chem. It can be spent on salaries and equipment/resources.

For 2018, we have funds available for five grants of up to £10,000 each.

Proposals need to  demonstrate a realistic pathway to further work and funding. Where possible, they should also lead directly to a research paper. The grant must be spent between May 2018 – Dec 2018 and a final report will be required by end of March 2019.

 Download eligibility criteria, application form and guidance notes

Applications should be returned to rob@co2chem.com by 5.00 pm 4th April 2018. Successful applicants will be notified in mid-April 2018

ICCDU – Travel Bursaries

ICCDU XVI (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
The 16th International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization (ICCDU XVI) will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from the 27th to 30th August 2018.

The conference theme is ‘Sustainability through CO2 Utilization’ and encompasses six topics: Thermal and Catalytic Conversion of CO2 into Fuels and Chemicals; CO2 Conversion by  lectrochemical, Photochemical, Plasma-Induced and other non-Conventional Energy Sources; CO2 Conversion by Biotechnological Routes; CO2 Capture Processes; CO2 as Working Agent; Policies, Regulations, Life Cycle Analysis, Economic, Environmental and Social Aspects of Sustainable CO2 Utilization.

=> The abstract deadline is 4 March 2018. Submission details are here.

 

Travel Bursaries
As for previous years, CO2Chem is offering UK funded travel bursaries to support attendance.  There are five £1000 bursaries available.

Eligibility
In order to be eligible, applicants must:
– work at a UK based research institution
– have submitted an abstract (oral presentation) direct to the ICCDU
– have had it approved
– and have access to adequate matching funds*

* total cost, including registration, travel from the UK, accommodation and subsistence, is estimated to be around £2000. The CO2Chem travel bursary provides up to £1000 only.

 

To apply, please send us:
(1) Your application via this online form 
(2) A copy of your submitted abstract by email
(3) A copy of its acceptance from ICCDU by email

Send emails to rob@co2chem.com.

Please complete/send items (1) and (2) as soon as possible, and item (3) soon after the decisions are communicated (likley to be 11th April).

=>The deadline for receiving all three items is 5.00 pm 28th April.

 

Awards
The CO2Chem management group will review the applications and make awards based on a combination of quality of abstract, interest/relevance of the field , geographic balance, and balance of career stage. Successful applicants will be notified as soon as possible. This is likely to be mid-May.