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Energy Transitions Research at the University of Cambridge

Carbon capture: universities and industry work together to tackle emissions


It is understood that the world will not become carbon-free in the near future, developed and developing countries rely on fossil fuels for transport, industry and power, all of which release CO2 into the atmosphere. As sea levels rise, ‘unprecedented’ weather events become commonplace and the polar ice caps melt, the question raised is that how use of fossil fuels can be balanced with combating the effects of climate change.


With the support of BHP, Professor Mike Bickle and Dr Jerome Neufield (University of Cambridge),and collaborators from the Stanford and Melbourne Universities have started a new three year CCS project.  will develop and improve methods for the long-term storage of CO2, and will test them at Otway in southern Australia, one of the largest CCS test sites in the world. Using a mix of theoretical modelling and small-, medium- and large-scale experiments, the researchers hope to significantly increase the types of sites where CCS is possible, including in China and developing economies.

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Image credit: Dr Jerome Neufeld