CALGARY, May 8, 2014 /CNW/ - Research to ensure carbon capture and
storage projects are designed and operated in a cost effective, safe,
secure way was furthered today with the signing of a forward-looking
agreement by representatives from CMC Research Institutes, Inc. (CMC)
and the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC).
Richard Adamson, Managing Director of CMC, and Prof. Jon Gibbins,
Director of the UKCCSRC, signed a Memorandum of Understanding that
advances an already cooperative relationship between the two research
organizations - both of which invest to develop and validate
technologies and practices to make carbon capture and storage (CCS) a
practical industrial response to carbon emission constraints. In both
Canada and the UK, capturing carbon and storing it underground plays a
critical role in greenhouse gas reduction strategies.
"There is a strong correlation between collaboration and innovation and
we at CMC believe this agreement will accelerate the development and
commercialization of the technologies and solutions we need to tackle
the global challenge of greenhouse gas emissions," said Adamson.
FIELD RESEARCH STATION A SITE FOR COLLABORATION
Adamson pointed to CMC's field research station (FRS), currently under
development, as a facility where joint projects will take place. "We
are building the field research station as a site to be used by
academic and industry researchers as well as technology developers from
around the world. This MoU is a springboard for the collaborative
projects we envision for the FRS," he said. Work at the research
station will focus on developing solutions to measurement, monitoring
and verification challenges associated with movement and containment of
subsurface fluids, including CO2.
One of the barriers to the large-scale implementation of CCS is cost and
researchers in both countries are working on ways to capture and store
carbon more efficiently.
"Learning by doing is critical to get the performance improvements and
cost reductions that will be needed for the second generation CCS
projects. Research driven by practical experience with projects in
Canada, supported by this collaboration, is going to help drive down
the costs of future CCS deployment in the UK, " said Gibbins.
AGREEMENT BUILDS ON PREVIOUS ACTIVITY
This agreement formalizes an already strong relationship between the two
organizations and researchers in both countries. For instance, CMC and
UKCCSRC are funding an early career researcher exchange program, last
year CMC sent graduate students to a summer school operated by the UK
Energy Research Centre, and CMC has several times met with high-level
UK delegations visiting Calgary.
"Scientists and engineers in the UK have been following Canada's leading
work on CCS for over a decade. Our new phase of engagement builds on
this previous activity, including a very successful young researcher
exchange programme between CMC and UKCCSRC. As CCS moves to wider
deployment there is a great deal to work on together," said Gibbins.
Moving forward under the MoU, areas for potential collaboration include
collaborative research projects by CMC and UKCCSRC researchers;
joint workshops, seminars and webinars; regular bi-annual meetings of
management teams; researcher exchanges; and the reciprocal publication
of research news.
ENERGY MINISTERS SUPPORTIVE OF AGREEMENT
Representatives from the UK government and the government of Alberta
were both supportive of the agreement.
UK Energy Minister Michael Fallon was present at the signing and
endorsed the agreement, saying: "I welcome today's signing of the MoU
between Carbon Management Canada and the UK's Carbon Capture & Storage
Research Centre. CCS is a vital step toward achieving a low carbon
economy. The UK enjoys a close and productive relationship with Canada
on CCS, and this includes the development of shared research efforts.
Today's agreement makes that relationship even closer."
Alberta's Energy Minister Diana McQueen said, "The MOU strengthens
existing relations between our two countries. In addition to the
benefit that CCS is bringing to Alberta and its energy industry, an
important part of Alberta's CCS program is sharing our learnings with
other jurisdictions. CCS is a powerful tool against climate change and
the more responsible actions we can take together will be better for
our planet and for future generations."
About CMC Research Institutes, Inc.
CMC Research Institutes (CMC), operating as Carbon Management Canada, is
a collaborative not-for-profit national and international network
dedicated to rapidly moving innovative technologies from the bench to
large-scale deployment with the aim of reducing industrial-scale
greenhouse gas emissions. Leveraging internal capacity with that of
collaboration partners from academic, government and private sector
organizations, CMC manages and executes R&D projects to incorporate
innovative elements into field-ready solutions. Hosted at the
University of Calgary, CMC has committed over $22 M to 44 research
projects and supports 155 researchers. www.cmcghg.com
About the UK CCS Research Centre
The UK CCS Research Centre (UKCCSRC) is a virtual hub that brings
together over 200 of the UK's leading researchers, acting as the
two-way interface for government, industry and international
collaboration. The UKCCSRC is leading and coordinating a programme of
underpinning research on all aspects of CCS in support of basic science
and UK government efforts on energy and climate change. UKCCSRC is
supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as part of the Research Councils UK Energy Programme, with additional
funding from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). www.ukccsrc.ac.uk
SOURCE: CMC Research Institutes, Inc.
For further information:
FOR INTERVIEWS CONTACT:
Ruth Klinkhammer, Communications Director
CMC Research Institutes, Inc.
T: +1 (403) 210-7879
Ciara O'Connor, Network Manager
UK CCS Research Centre
T: +44 (0)131 650 8564