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Scottish researchers win £12m CCUS funding from European pot

Peterhead Power Station.
Peterhead Power Station.

Scottish researchers working in the Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) sector have scooped more than £12 million from a European Union funding pot.

Scientists from the Scottish CCS (SCCS) partnership announced they had won a combined European funding total of £12.4m for five three-year projects.

The support was secured from the European Union’s ERA-NET Accelerating CCS Technologies (ACT) network.

The applications involved joint bids with academic and industrial partners from across Europe, the US, Japan and Australia.

The total project budget is £37m, which includes £1.2m private financing of and matched funding.

The successful projects were Launch (£4.3m), Newest-CCUS (£1.8m), Prisma (£1.7m), Sense (£2.3m) and Rex-Co2 (£2.1m).

The Edinburgh University and Heriot-Watt University are partners on a number of the projects alongside British Geological Survey.

Mathieu Lucquiaud, of the the University of Edinburgh, said: “In the context of net zero carbon targets, it is very important that we understand how Waste to Energy conversion with CCS can transform our municipal waste into a strategic resource to achieve negative carbon emissions, and that we develop models to value it accordingly.”

CCS is used to capture carbon dioxide from power stations or industry and store it underground in a bid to reduce greenhouse emissions.

The CO2 can then be used for other purposes such as creating building materials.

Mike Stephenson, British Geological Survey, called the projects “important”, adding that the funded programmes would “accelerate decarbonisation to help us combat climate change”.

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