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APGTF Strategy 2014

Cleaner Fossil Power Generation in the 21st Century – Moving Forward

A technology strategy for carbon capture and storage. January 2014.

Available for download here.

Past Events

December 2016:

Workshop: Power generation (coal, gas, and biomass) under increasingly stringent emissions regulations, 6th December.

The presentations are now available to view and download from the CRF website.

October 2015:

Carbon Capture and Storage: What role for R&D in delivering cost-competitive CCS projects in the UK in the 2020's?

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March 2014:

14th Annual APGTF Workshop 2014: 'The Role of Fossil Fuel Power Plant in Providing Flexible Generation'

The Agenda and presentations for the above Workshop are now available to view and download.

February 2013:

13th Annual APGTF Workshop 2013: 'Carbon Capture & Storage – a Showcase of UK Research & Development’

The Agenda and presentations for the above Workshop are now available to view and download.

March 2011:

2nd Knowledge Transfer Network Workshop on National Ambitions for Power Generation in the UK.

The Agenda and presentations for the above Workshop are now available to view and download.


IPA CCS Skills Study

In 2010, Doosan Babcock, in conjunction with the Industrial and Power Association (IPA), conducted an assessment of the economic benefits, employment possibilities and skills needs arising from a major global programme of carbon capture and storage (CCS). Download the IPA CCS Skills Study document.


APGTF with the Coal Research Forum, the UK CCS Research Centre and the Energy Generation & Supply KTN is pleased to announce

13th APGTF Annual Workshop ‘Carbon Capture & Storage – a Showcase of UK Research & Development’

'1VS' (1 Victoria Street) Conference Centre, Westminster, London Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st February 2013

2012 has seen a number of key initiatives and activities move forward in the research and development of CCS in the UK: the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has run a competitive call for R&D under its Innovation Programme and launched its CCS Roadmap; the Research Councils’ Energy Programme (RCEP) and DECC have funded the establishment of the UK CCS Research Centre and this Centre has run its first call for research projects; a new group of R&D projects and feasibility studies have commenced with Technology Strategy Board (TSB) funding; and a number of key RD&D activities initiated by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) have reached key stages. These activities have done much to answer the question we asked at our last workshop – “can the UK maintain its lead in CCS?”. This workshop is a chance to ‘showcase’ what the UK has been doing on CCS and celebrate the progress we have made over the last year.

Day 1: Researching ‘Future Generation’ CCS and Associated Technologies

While global progress on moving ‘current generation’ CCS technologies through to large-scale, integrated demonstrations prior to commercialisation may have been disappointing, considerable activity has been happening on more basic research and facilities associated with ‘future-generation’ CCS and associated technologies: The UK stands out as a success story in this regard, with a number of high-profile initiatives being supported by RCUK, TSB, ETI and DECC.

Day 1 will start with the official launch of two of these key initiatives funded by the RCEP, followed by a ‘showcasing’ of as broad a cross-section of the research activity as possible. Stand-by for a dynamic, quick-fire round-up of what relevant research is happening in the UK. Towards the end of the day, some important initiatives that under-pin the applied R&D activities (the subject of Day 2) will be introduced, including some of the R&D facilities that the UK has available. The day will conclude with a lively panel discussion asking the question “can we do more?”, followed by a networking reception hosted by the Energy Generation & Supply Knowledge Transfer Network.

DAY 2: Developing ‘Next Generation’ CCS Technology

The UK’s strong and globally-respected CCS and associated technologies research acts as a firm foundation for more applied research and development (R&D) aimed at providing components for ‘next generation’ CCS systems. The progress of technologies through ‘readiness levels’ (ie from basic ideas to commercially available systems) is by no means a linear process, with a continuing need for research to increase our levels of knowledge in advancing technological progress.

Day 2 will consider much of the applied R&D projects underway in the UK that will take us from current- through next- to future-generations of technology. We will also hear from a number of large pilot-scale projects and larger-scale R&D/studies (whole-chain, clusters/hubs, storage): While these do not reduce the critical need for large-scale, integrated demonstration projects, they do address key issues associated with deployment and maintain the momentum of R&D and demonstration. Most of the projects that we will hear from are funded by the TSB, ETI and DECC, with key representatives of these organisations helping to chair the day.

However, these activities raise some interesting questions: Will the current generation of technology be overtaken by next generation technology? Will CCS on gas-fired plant become more imperative than CCS on coal-fired plant? Will CCS on industrial sources of CO2 close the gap on CCS for power plant? Will CO2 ‘utilisation’ enable, in the shorter-term, longer-term CO2 storage? Questions, questions…