Strathclyde researcher joins UK carbon capture network as deputy director

Dr Jen Roberts

A researcher from the University of Strathclyde has been appointed deputy director of a UK-wide research program on carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Dr Jen Roberts, Chancellor’s Fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Strathclyde, is one of nine co-investigators with the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Center (UKCCSRC) and one of two new team members recruited thanks to new funding from the Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC). She will be the network’s early career researcher.

The UKCCSRC’s overall goal with the new funding is to maintain a scientific lead in the UK in CCS, behind only the much larger US and China than the existence of a network of Inclusive CSC supported by EPSRC since 2009 has helped establish, and ensure that this lead translates into wealth creation and business benefits for the UK, through strong and focused networking with a sector of the CSC industry prosperous.

The UKCCSRC + network will be essential in supporting a broadening of the UK research base to include a much wider range of scientific disciplines, responding to the increasingly complex research challenges of deployment. The network will also play a key role in creating new high-tech CCS industries, with the possibility of in-depth learning by doing once the UK’s first CCS factories are up and running and infrastructure CO2 transport and storage will be in place for new projects to be used. .

Dr Roberts’ appointment coincides with preparations for COP26, the United Nations climate change conference, to be held in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12.

She said: “I am delighted to join the UKCCSRC network as Deputy Director and Head of Early Career Research. Supporting inclusive career development and interdisciplinary work will drive the excellence and innovation needed for Net Zero.

“The UKCCSRC network will maintain and develop an inclusive research community, ensuring that the UK has the science, skills and diversity of minds to dramatically reduce CO2 emissions.

“Specific network initiatives include support for the development of early career researchers, international collaboration and engagement between research, industry, policy and civic groups. These activities are essential for expanding participation, relationship building and integration for the exchange of ideas, knowledge creation and research leadership.

The UK is experiencing an unprecedented increase in CCS activity, with deployment expected to reach 10 million tonnes of CO2 captured and stored per year by 2030, followed by two decades with average growth of 10-15% per year to deliver around 100 MtCO2 / year by 2050 to support the UK’s net zero target.

The new grant will provide seamless continuity and expansion of UKCCSRC services to a UK CCS community that needs to grow and diversify rapidly to meet the 2030 targets, and will also help build the UK’s ability to meet the challenges of decades following.

EPSRC Deputy Director for Inter-Council Programs, Dr Lucy Martin said: “Carbon capture and storage has been identified as a prerequisite for achieving zero net greenhouse gas emissions. in the UK by the Net Zero Climate Change Committee report as it will allow us to capture, store and use greenhouse gas emissions from critical processes that cannot be decarbonized and potentially save tens of billions pounds in the UK over the next two decades.

“The UK Carbon Capture and Storage Center has already had a significant impact on technology and policy development, and this additional funding will allow Network + to build on this success and help the UK achieve its goal. zero net by 2050. “

The other co-directors of the network come from the universities of Newcastle, Sheffield, Cardiff, Manchester, Edinburgh and Cambridge and from Imperial College London. The director of the network is Professor Jon Gibbins of the University of Sheffield.

Strathclyde leads a broad spectrum of research related to carbon capture and storage and industrial decarbonization, including policy, economics, CO2 capture, geological transport and storage, hydrogen for energy and inclusive implementation of net zero technologies.

The university is also a partner of the Scottish Center for Carbon Capture and Storage, of which Dr Roberts is a member of the board.

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