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We are leading research with global industry partners across the entire carbon capture and storage chain, to provide innovative solutions to reduce global carbon dioxide emissions and meet global energy demands.

Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Robert M Buchan Chair in Sustainable Engineering

Global demand for water, food and energy is predicted to grow by up to 50% to meet the rise of world’s population to 8 billion by 2030. New solutions are needed fast for securing water, food and energy supplies.

Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer has established an international reputation at the research interface of energy and the environment. Her team, in the EPSRC-funded Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage (CICCS), is developing a whole portfolio of technologies aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions while meeting energy demands. By uniquely combining interdisciplinary expertise and scientific breakthroughs, where science and diverse engineering fields meet, they work to accelerate the technological innovation needed for wider uptake of carbon capture and storage 

Real-world impact

Project COMET is a £20 million Government-backed initiative to drive innovation in carbon capture and storage focused on metering technologies. Following the success of Phase 1 with international operator in natural gas pipelines, Interconnecter UK, the CICCS has secured funding for Phase 2 with world-leader in industrial process instrumentation, Krohne. A shining example of research and innovation in partnership with industry.

In frontier research with potentially ground-breaking impact on science and society, the team secured a €3 million European Research Council Advanced Award, one of only 16 awards made across Europe. This will allow the team progress plans to 3D print porous rocks with incorporated micro sensors - effectively creating ‘smart rocks’ which can ‘talk’ about what actually goes on deep underground. Then they will replicate in laboratory conditions what actually happens deep underground to provide information at a microscopic level that is simply not available.

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