Carbon capture and storage and clean fossil energy
The UK government has targets for the reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050 and many scenarios indicate that carbon capture and storage (CCS) will be required to play a major part in order for the UK to achieve these targets. CCS also has the potential to be one of the most cost effective technologies for decarbonisation. As well as tackling emissions CCS represents a major green growth opportunity for the UK. If CCS opportunities develop as anticipated, benefits for UK-based firms have been estimated to be between £3-6.5 billion a year by the late 2020s. Around two-thirds of the world’s electricity is generated from the combustion of fossil fuels and there is a need for skills in aspects such as plant efficiency and flexibility, fuel flexibility and sustainability. Accordingly the area of CCS and clean fossil energy is identified as an area of skills needs.
Proposals in this priority area should focus on this area only, and not go across other priority areas. Proposals should include industrial involvement, and justify why that level of involvement is appropriate. Given the strong industrial interest and engagement in this area an Industrial Doctoral Centre may be appropriate. In order to link excellence in training with excellence in research, proposals are expected to link with EPSRC’s large research investments in this area, particularly the UK CCS Research Centre and the Future Power Conventional Consortium, and proposals should include details on how this will be done.
Any centre and its students are also expected to network with other Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) addressing the challenges around energy through the energy CDT network. Appropriate resources should be requested to enable this.