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article imageCentre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage to be Launched

By Bob Ewing     Feb 7, 2008 in Environment
The £1.1m Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage (CICCS) will explore cutting edge technology that ‘captures’ polluting carbon dioxide and stores it permanently — preventing its damaging release into the atmosphere
The University of Nottingham announced the creation of a research centre that is dedicated to reducing the planet’s carbon footprint.
The Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage (CICCS) will explore cutting edge technology that ‘captures’ polluting carbon dioxide and stores it permanently — preventing its damaging release into the atmosphere.
The university press release says that CO2 and other greenhouse gases are the main contributors to global warming and climate change. The research can help to reduce their impact on the planet’s climate and ecosystems by investigating new technologies that will store the gases safely and efficiently.
The research taking place at the centre will have a potentially global impact and the work of governments and environmental pressure groups to oil producers and energy-intensive industry will be included.
The centre will be led by Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, of the University’s School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering. The research will be cross-disciplinary and bring together engineers, mathematicians, bioscientists, geographers and geologists.
Among the research projects that will be conducted in the centre will be research into the storage and conversion of CO2 into materials and fuels.
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will fund the centre over the next five years through its Challenging Engineering initiative.
Prof Maroto-Valer, Director of the Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage, said: “We are excited about the prospects for CICCS to become a world leader in the field. We will continue to develop new processes that will make a significant impact in finding solutions for climate change and protecting the planet.
“We will present the research, training and outreach activities planned by CICCS at the launch event. The response to the centre has been outstanding so far.”
Dr Nick Palmer MP added: "I'm delighted to help launch the centre, as its technology may well be crucial to Britain's future. Britain has huge coal reserves, which could have a greatly enhanced future to guarantee our energy security if carbon capture technology were more advanced."
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