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…