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Carbon Capture and Utilisation in the green economy

The Centre for Low Carbon Futures has today released a report providing the first comprehensive technical and economic assessment of carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) as a viable but poorly understood option for reducing carbon emissions.

The report is a collaboration between CO2Chem, a UK research council project aimed at developing a UK community towards a sustainable chemical feedstock supply by 2050, the University of Sheffield in the UK and Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN).

Rather than treating CO2 as waste, as is the case with carbon capture and storage (CCS), the CCU process converts it into commercially viable products such as bio-oils, chemicals, fertilisers and fuels. These could replace fossil fuel based products further reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improve  waste treatment. CCU includes using waste CO2 as a chemical feedstock for the synthesis of other chemicals, as a chemical source of carbon for mineral carbonation reactions to produce construction materials, and as a nutrient and CO2 source to make algae grow and supply fuels and chemicals.  However the technology is in the research and development phase, is not yet commercialised on a large scale and requires more investment to make this happen.

For more details visit CCU in the green economy

 

 

Network event – Using CO2 as a sustainable feedstock for the fine chemicals industry

21st Sept 2011, 10am -5pm

Newcastle University

This is the third in a series of one day meetings organised by the EPSRC grand challenge network CO2Chem and is being organised by the University Research Centre in Catalysis and Intensified Processing at Newcastle University as one of the events to mark the launch of the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability.

Following a launch meeting in September 2010 in London, previous CO2Chem meetings have focussed on ‘CO2 to Bulk Chemicals’ and ‘Carbon Capture Research. This meeting will focus on the applications of CO2 in the production of smaller scale but higher value chemicals associated with the fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals sectors.

For more information visit – CO2 to fine chemicals event

Carbon Capture Research – Joint UKCCSC and CO2Chem Meeting

A joint meeting of the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Community and the CO2Chem Network to hear about current UK research in the area of carbon capture.

 

The day will include presentations from members of both networks on their current research  and information on future funding opportunities

 

There is an optional networking dinner at 7pm – Cost – free for academics, £30 for industry

Carbon Capture Research Event 14.07.11

CO2Chem and the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Community are holding a free joint event on Carbon Capture Research on Thursday 14th July 2011 at the East Midlands Conference Centre, University of Nottingham. Bookings are now open at http://carboncapture.eventbrite.com/. Please note the date change from the previous call for abstracts.

Our aim is to share recent research findings and future plans, facilitate networking amongst the academic community and industry and to help identify potential areas for future funding calls.

We are still accepting abstracts (300 word max.) from the academic community  for presentation as talks (15-20 min) on recent research in the area of carbon capture. Whilst industry stakeholders are welcome to attend the workshop, we are only accepting abstracts from the academic community. A number of abstracts will be selected based upon quality and general interest to the audience whilst balancing the topics. If your abstract is not selected you will be invited to give a 2 minute flash presentation on your work. Please send abstracts to me, by 30th May.

Launch Presentations now available

If you are a member of the CO2Chem network you can now view the presentations from the launch event by going to the ‘Network Members’ page and entering the password. If are a member of the network and don’t know the password please email Katy.

CO2Chem Launch tomorrow

The official launch of the CO2Chem network takes place in London tomorrow and Wednesday. If you are attending please be aware that there are tube strikes planned.