Heriot-Watt University is just one of a group of European partners involved in a project to transform six industrial regions into low-carbon centres by 2025.
The multi-partner ALIGN-CCUS project recently won €15 million funding from the European ERA-NET ACT fund to support the quick and cost-effective delivery of large-scale carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) in five European countries.
The project is set to focus on specific regions including Teesside and Grangemouth in the UK.
As part of the three-year project, led by a Dutch research institute, the team will focus on optimising and reducing costs of CO2 capture technology as well as planning large scale CO2 transport, and looking into sufficient and safe offshore CO2 storage.
The project will also focus on developing the use of CO2 energy storage and conversion.
The Department of Business, Energy, & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is funding the UK partners from Heriot-Watt University, the British Geological Survey, Imperial College London, Scottish Enterprise, Summit Power Caledonia UK Ltd, Tees Valley Combined Authority, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Sheffield.