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New funding for CCUS – ACT 2nd Call

The second ACT Call was published on 4 June 2018. ACT is an international initiative to establish CO2 capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) as a tool to combat global warming. The call is a great opportunity for anyone who has a unique idea for developing CCUS technology.

ACT means Accelerating CCUS Technologies, and the ambition of the 13 partners is to fund research and innovation projects that can lead to safe and cost effective technology.

The first ACT Call for project proposals was published in 2016 and resulted in eight new projects that were started autumn 2017.

The second ACT Call was published 4 June 2018. The budget for the call is up to € 30 M and the due date for applications is 12 September 2018. The call focuses on the priority research directions identified by the Mission Innovation (MI) CCUS Challenge Workshop that was held in Houston in September 2017. The full recently published MI report can be found here.

Katy Armstrong from CO2Chem was one of the invited experts at the MI workshop. She said

“It is fantastic to see this call announced to coincide with the release of the Mission Innovation CCUS report. The call will enable funds to be directed towards the priority research directions that were identified in Houston and therefore accelerating CCUS research.”

Visit the ACT website for more details. The full Call text is available from this PDF file.


Carbon8 Systems secures Queen’s Award

Carbon8 Systems, the Kent-based world leader in the permanent capture of carbon dioxide using industrial waste and contaminated soils, has received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2017.

The company, formed in 2006 and a spin-out from the University of Greenwich, has successfully put its patented Accelerated Carbonisation Technology (ACT) into commercial operation to create the world’s first truly carbon-negative aggregate.

The award will help Carbon8 Systems achieve its vision of creating a global portfolio of waste treatment plants that make a significant contribution to preserving the environment through the permanent capture of waste carbon dioxide (CO2).

Carbon8 Systems’ ACT technology combines CO2 gas with industrial wastes, such as cement dusts, steel slags, oil shale ash, incinerator ash or paper ash, and contaminated soils to form new products. They can then be used as carbon negative construction materials by the building industry, thus protecting natural resources, removing the waste from landfill and promoting sustainable construction. ACT was developed by Professor Colin Hills, Technical Director of Carbon8 Systems and Dr Paula Carey, the company’s Managing Director, in the School of Engineering and Science, at the Medway campus of the University of Greenwich.

Announcing receipt of the award, Dr Paula Carey, said: “The Queen’s Awards are recognised around the world and provide customers with confidence of a company’s commercial and technological edge. “Having successfully commercialised ACT for one specific waste stream in the UK, we are now working with some of the largest businesses in the world, including HeidelbergCement, Shell, Lafarge, Saint Gobain and ArcelorMittal, to commercialise ACT throughout Europe, North America and Asia”.

Carbon8 Systems has been at the forefront of promoting carbonation as one of the most effective carbon dioxide utilisation (CCU) technologies to help manage carbon dioxide emissions; with contributions to the UN GEO6 report, the Global Carbon Initiative (GCI) report, and several reports to the UK government. The company is also a founding member of the European Association for Carbon Dioxide Transformation (ASCOT).

In 2010, Carbon8 Systems licensed the technology to Carbon8 Aggregates, who then built the world’s first commercially operational ACT plant at Brandon in Suffolk, supported by investment from Grundon Waste Management. A second ACT plant opened at Avonmouth, near Bristol in 2016, and a third plant, in Leeds, has recently been granted planning permission.

Professor Hills added: “This is a huge vote of confidence in the technology which mineralises carbon, gives wastes value, and is a unique example of innovative UK low-carbon technology. “Being acknowledged globally for our innovation will now spur us on to translate this into successful international trade deals, and support sustainable construction around the world.”

The Carbon8 Systems team will receive its award from the Lord Lieutenant of Kent and attend a royal reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by Her Majesty the Queen later in the year.

For more information see

Re-using carbon dioxide could provide a boost to the Scottish Economy says new study

A new report published by the University of Sheffield outlines how the re-use of carbon dioxide (CO2) could help Scotland shift to a more sustainable and circular economy.

The report titled ‘Actions required to develop a roadmap towards a Carbon Dioxide Utilisation Strategy for Scotland (2016)’, was commissioned by Scottish Enterprise to provide an overview of whether the re-use of CO2 could hold potential for Scotland and to recommend a number of actions to develop the sector.

The CO2 emissions from Scotland are predominantly from the use of fossil fuels from industrial sectors such as Oil and Gas, Paper and Wood and energy from waste. In previous years these large emitters produced 10 million tonnes per year, of which 4.3 million tonnes were identified in the report as having potential for capture.

Interest also lies with significant levels of biogenic CO2 which is released as a by-product of the fermentation of malted barley in the Scotch Whisky sector – estimated to be in the region of 500,000 tonnes each year.

The study suggests that the Grangemouth region is the location most suited to create a CO2 utilisation hub on a large industrial scale. It is the largest manufacturing region in Scotland and host to ten of the largest CO2 emitters.

However, the report makes clear that the development of the CO2 re-use sector should not be seen as a substitute for the development of a Carbon Capture and Storage sector.

The principal author of the study Dr Grant Wilson from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Sheffield commented;

“For most countries and policy makers around the world, carbon dioxide is viewed only as a problem that needs to be controlled. However, with the ongoing development of novel technologies and processes for the re-use of CO2 it is also starting to be viewed as a potential resource that could be exploited.”

“This report identifies that Scotland has a unique combination of key advantages and a real opportunity to explore and develop its carbon dioxide resources. It is also important to note that it is one of the first countries in the world to even consider the creation of a roadmap for the re-use of its carbon dioxide, in essence to view CO2 as a resource.”

“This provides a very powerful message in terms of Scotland’s belief in considering all available options to decouple its future economic activity from emissions.”

The report presented a case study with a potential to be scaled up to a £500m market, sustaining 600 new jobs and a new Scottish export by utilising innovative UK technology to convert the estimated 500,000 tonnes of distillery sector (biogenic CO2) into inorganic fertiliser.

The development of this technology could be of interest to Scotland as a way to help decarbonise part of the agricultural sector through the introduction of inorganic fertiliser that is not derived from fossil fuels. The Scottish Government recently published their latest Climate Change Plan and Energy Strategy for consultation, which mentions carbon dioxide re-use and carbon capture and storage as areas of potential development.
Although the University of Sheffield report found that Scotland holds a number of key advantages to develop a carbon dioxide re-use sector, there are several areas of uncertainty that would benefit from more detailed analysis.

CO2Chem Seedcorn Grants 2016

Apply now for CO2Chem Seedcorn Funding if you are based in the UK

CO2Chem Seedcorn grants give funding for pump-priming investigations which will lead to a grant proposal and ideally a research paper. All applications should demonstrate a clear pathway for this to be achieved. Grants must be led by a UK University but collaboration with industry is encouraged.

The maximum grant  size is £8000. The funding comes directly from CO2Chem. Funding can be spent on salaries and equipment/resources costs. For 2016/2017 we have seven grants of up to £8000 available for work to be done between Oct 2016- April 2017.

The application process is simple, download the Seedcorn application 2016 and return it by 31st August 2016. You may attach additional information as needed. Applicants will be informed of the outcome by the end of September.

More details about the grant and the assessment criteria can be found on the application form. Please contact with any questions

Mike North wins RSC Green Chemistry Award

We are very pleased to announce that CO2Chem co-Chair Professor Mike North has received the 2014 Green Chemistry Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry for his  internationally leading research on the use of carbon dioxide as a feedstock for chemical synthesis.

Congratulations Mike.

Applications invited for Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in Energy Engineering at Imperial College

Applications are invited for a Lectureship/Senior Lectureship/Readership, to be held in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College, London.

The Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London is consistently recognised as world-leading, heading the ranking list in the last three UK Research Assessment Exercises, in 1996, 2001 and most recently 2008.

We attribute our success to the wide range of skills and expertise of our students and staff. Our research interests range from the microscopic to the megascale and we have expertise in mathematical analysis and modelling as well as in experimental investigation and measurement. Much of our research is collaborative and cross-disciplinary within and across departments and faculties, as well as with other Universities, and Industrial partners both in the United Kingdom and worldwide.

Major long-term funding by Qatar Petroleum and Shell International through the Qatar Carbonates and Carbon Storage Research Centre (QCCSRC, is enabling Imperial College London to expand its research into the cleaner use of fossil fuels – aimed in particular at improving the energy efficiency of oil and gas recovery closely coupled with reducing greenhouse gas emissions through advanced carbon storage technologies.

We are now inviting applications for a Lectureship/Senior Lectureship/Readership, to be held in the Department of Chemical Engineering. The successful applicant will have a proven world-class research track record and have preferably already demonstrated expertise in some aspect of Chemical Engineering relevant to the storage of carbon dioxide in underground reservoirs and have the capability to build up an innovative research activity. There is a strong preference for candidates who carry out experimental research, although the ability and interest to collaborate with the world-class modelling teams within QCCSRC, developing new approaches to fluid property prediction and flow in porous rocks from pore to reservoir scale, would be an advantage.
You will be expected to pursue your own research interests, to contribute to the teaching and administration in the Department and to be active and take on an academic leadership role in the activities of QCCSRC. Exciting opportunities exist for evaluation of engineering applications in a field environment in Qatar, to work closely with scientists and engineers in Shell International and Qatar Petroleum and also for research collaboration with academic institutions in Qatar. The Lecturer will also have the opportunity to contribute to the multidisciplinary Energy Futures Lab and the Grantham Institute for Climate Change.

Please direct any informal enquiries to the Programme Manager, Dr Iain Macdonald, by email to
The advert and and job specification can be downloaded here: QCCSRC Lecturer Advert      JD-PS QCCSRC Chem Eng Lectureship Jan 2014_IAM

New CO2Chem Seedcorn Grants 2014

Applications are now open for CO2Chem Seedcorn funding 2014. This is the second funding round for CO2Chem Seedcorn grants. CO2Chem Seedcorn grants give funding for pump-priming, initial investigations. The maximum grant  size is £4000. The funding comes directly from CO2Chem.

The following criteria apply to the grants:
•    Must lead to a future grant proposal
•    Needs to be collaborative, led by an UK academic institution and should aim to include at least one industrial partner
•    The grant must be spent in the year it is awarded
•    A final report will be required once the grant is finished. An executive summary from this report will be published on the CO2Chem website.

For more information visit Seedcorn Grants

CO2Chem mentioned in UK Parliament

On the 21st January Laura Sandys MP called a debate on the Carbon Capture and Use. The debate can be watched at (the debate starts at 4.54pm)
or the transcript found at
The CO2Chem network along with other UK research projects was mentioned by Gregory Barker, the Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change in his reply to Laura Sandys stating that:

To help to answer these questions and to encourage academics to share ideas, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has funded the CO2Chem network, which I understand could be the largest CCU network in the world, with more than 800 global members. My officials attended its meeting in October 2013 to hear the latest news and innovative ideas direct from the CCU community.……….. We fully support the work of the CO2Chem network, which has made carbon lifecycle analysis of CCU technologies a key priority across its research areas.

This is great news for the network in terms of the recognition we receive from the UK government.

Invitation to Tender – analysis of the electricity market in Europe

The University of Sheffield wishes to invite tenders for the analysis of the electricity market in  European members’ states in 2010 and projected to 2030, specifically including the 4 geographical regions represented in SCOT (Belgium, France, Netherlands and UK).

SCOT is the first ever European initiative in the field of CO2 recycling. The consortium gathers four regions (Belgium France, Netherlands and UK) which are strongly committed and already well advanced in this emerging area of CO2 recycling. Smart CO2 Transformation (SCOT) is a project supported by the Seventh Framework programme of the European Community (FP7) to develop Strategic European Research Agenda aimed at improving the technical and economic performance of emerging CO2 transformation technologies.

For more details of the tender please see SCOT Invitation to Tender

Any query in connection with the Invitation to Tender package, prior to the “Tender Due Date” should be submitted to Katherine Powell, Project Support Officer at (Tel: +44 (0)114 222 8368).

Please note the short submission deadline for this tender of 14th February 2014

Network Presentations

Presentations given at CO2Chem network meetings can be found in the members area. Recently added presentations include ICCDU XII (June 2013) and Industrial Applications Cluster meeting (25 Oct 2013).