SCCS signs CCS research agreement

Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS) has signed an agreement with a South Korean CCS research institute to develop technologies for reducing CO2 emissions from power generation and industry.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Edinburgh-based SCCS and Korea Carbon Capture and Sequestration R&D Center (KCRC) is expected to create a framework for a joint programme of research.

It will also enable the flow of knowledge between the two institutes and provide training opportunities for researchers in both the UK and South Korea.

CCS technology has the potential to capture large volumes of CO2 from facilities fed by fossil fuels and store it permanently underground but a significant amount of research and development is needed to test the technology, as well as reduce costs and improve efficiency.

The MoU marks another milestone in CCS collaboration between SCCS and South Korea. In December 2011, researchers from the University of Edinburgh and Yonsei University embarked on a three-year joint project to designan advanced process for producing power and hydrogen from the gasification of coal feedstock.

The MoU between SCCS and KCRC will run for three years, with the potential to extend the collaboration.