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EPSRC Reference: EP/K000446/2
Title: UKCCSRC - The United Kingdom Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre
Principal Investigator: Gibbins, Professor J
Other Investigators:
Lucquiaud, Professor MS Chalmers, Dr H Race, Professor J
Reiner, Professor D Snape, Professor CE Trusler, Professor J
Oakey, Professor J Blunt, Professor MJ Shah, Professor N
Holloway, Dr S Scott, Dr SA Gluyas, Professor J
Shackley, Dr S Fennell, Dr P Drage, Dr T
Blackford, Dr J Pourkashanian, Professor M Brandani, Professor S
Nimmo, Professor W Chadwick, Dr A Haszeldine, Professor S
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Organisation: University of Sheffield
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 January 2016 Ends: 30 September 2017 Value (£): 4,041,368
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Carbon Capture & Storage
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
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Summary on Grant Application Form
The UKCCSRC is a national UK research hub for Carbon Capture and Storage with three main priorities:

Delivering Research Impact Developing Leaders Shaping Capability

Strategy - The UKCCSRC will bring strategy to UK academic CCS research in support of government targets.

Impact - will be maximised by providing a national focal point for CCS R&D to bring together the user community and

academics to analyse problems, devise and carry out world-leading research and share delivery. A key priority will be to

help rebuild the UK economy by driving an integrated research programme focused on maximising the contribution of CCS

to a low-carbon energy system for UK.

Research will be linked to the following pathways to impact in future stages of CCS deployment:

a) Maximise the learning from the DECC CCS demonstration programme to reduce costs and risks for subsequent CCS

projects to.

b) Develop a knowledge base for rollout of CCS as part of UK electricity sector decarbonisation in the 2020s, including for

the life of this CCS infrastructure until 2050 and beyond.

c) Prepare for extensive deployment of CCS to meet UK 2050 targets, including CCS on industry, very low residual

emissions from CCS on fossil fuels and negative emissions from biomass with CCS.

Leaders - The UKCCSRC will cross institutional and disciplinary boundaries to bring together visionary leaders able to set

research agendas that fully combine the intersecting fields of knowledge required to maximise the potential of CCS,

inspirational team leaders for complex, long-term research programmes, and will also provide leadership development

opportunities for early- and mid-career researchers.

Capability - The UK CCS Research Centre will provide CCS researchers with the space, support and opportunities to foster

creativity and to empower them to deliver the highest quality long-term research in CCS areas where there is current or

future national need.

The activities of the UKCCSRC will be overseen by a broadly-based independent Board, reporting to RCUK and other

funders. A Management Team made up of the Principal Investigator/Director and eight Co-Investigators plus a Secretariat

will be responsible for running the Centre. Nine additional Research Area Champions will also help cover the wide range of

different specialised knowledge fields involved in implementing CCS systems.

The existing UK CCS Community Network will be operated by the Centre, giving a fully inclusive forum for UK CCS

stakeholders and a route for all UK academics to engage with the UKCCSRC.

The UKCCSRC initial funding supports a core research programme (£3M) that covers a number of evident gaps in existing

research and also includes scoping research in areas likely to be of strategic importance. It also funds shared national

facilities (£2M plus £2.9M from DECC). A further £1.5M has been set aside for flexible seed funding to be allocated on a

competitive basis for emerging strategic research needs.

Academic Beneficiaries

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The Centre will be expanded by a number of routes:

a) Academic researchers on existing and new CCS projects will be invited to link these to the Centre.

b) Non-academic partners in projects that are linked to the Centre may become UKCCSRC Affiliates

c) Additional funding for UKCCSRC research programmes will be sought from RCUK and other UK and international

government-funded sources and also from industry.

Research and Pathways to Impact Delivery (RAPID)

The key overall strategy for future UKCCSRC expansion is to couple research with impact from the outset. Proposed

research will have to be linked to plausible routes to deliver a positive impact for CCS deployment. The RAPID process will

run throughout the course of the UKCCSRC with results summarised in a RAPID Handbook, updated yearly.
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