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Carbon capture and storage: realising the potential?

posted on 2023-06-08, 11:21 authored by Jim Watson, Florian Kern, Matthew Gross, Rob Gross, Phil Heptonstall, Felicity Jones, Stuart Haszeldine, Francisco Ascui, Hannah Chalmers, Navraj Ghaleigh, Jon Gibbins, Nils Markusson, Wendy Marsden, David Rossati, Stewart Russell, Mark Winskel, Peter Pearson, Stathis Arapostathis
This report summarises the findings of the two-year UKERC research project: Carbon capture and storage: realising the potential? The aim of the research is to assess the technical, economic, financial and social uncertainties facing carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies, and to analyse the potential role they could play in the UK power sector between now and 2030. CCS technologies are often highlighted as a crucial component of future low carbon energy systems – in the UK and internationally. However, it is unclear when these technologies will be technically proven at full scale, and whether their costs will be competitive with other low carbon options. Against this policy background, this report systematically examines the uncertainties facing CCS technologies in the UK. It uses historical evidence to explore these uncertainties, and the conditions under which they can be at least partly resolved. The historical evidence base comprises nine case studies, each of which focuses on a technology that is partly analogous to CCS. The report draws on this evidence to develop potential pathways for CCS in the UK to 2030, and uses this analysis to draw conclusions for current policies and strategies.


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