Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)

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The MSc GeoEnergy now offered at the University of Edinburgh was formerly the MSc Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). It has been rebranded and improved to encompass a range of GeoEnergy technologies – but it still keeps it roots and delivers devoted modules to CCS.

CCS has now been around for a few decades (e.g. Sleipner, Norway), has been proven to work, and is argued by many to be necessary for a global reduction in CO2 emissions towards net zero (or net negative).

Sleipner CCS Operations (Global CCS Institute)

For those less familiar, CCS is the process of capturing CO2 (e.g from the atmosphere or industrial processes), and storing it underground. Thus lowering atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases (in this case CO2) and helping to combat climate change.

CCUS is the process of CCS, but the CO2 it utilised. This is becoming increasingly popular for businesses that are looking to make a profit from CCS, in the absence of tax incentives (like in Norway). However, this has the caveat that the CO2 is not stored, and eventually returns to the atmosphere – so it would need to be utilised (pardon the pun) alongside other more traditional CCS schemes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mG9FZ9zqOdo
Example of CCUS, Carbon Engineering (Canada).

The CCS industry is going to grow dramatically over the coming decades, as further attempts are made to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Here at Edinburgh, the staff who teach on the MSc GeoEnergy have incredible expertise regarding CCS, and it is surely one of the best places globally to study this new, exciting and necessary industry.

More information on CCS can be found at:

https://www.globalccsinstitute.com

http://www.sccs.org.uk/

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