By Indira Mann, Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage

The technical challenge of storing carbon dioxide deep below ground is nothing compared to trying to describe the process to the uninitiated.

So, when we took the ALIGN-CCUS project to UnEarthed, a public engagement event centred around the earth sciences, in late 2017, we were fortunate to have a virtual reality carbon capture and storage (CCS) experience – courtesy of Shell – to help us out.

Scientists at RWE are celebrating their first milestone in work to create synthetic fuels from carbon dioxide (CO₂) as part of the broader ALIGN-CCUS project, which secured European funding last year.

The company’s CO₂ capture pilot plant at their lignite-fired power station in Niederaussem, Germany, has captured its first 1000 tonnes of CO₂ for the project, providing a high-purity source of the gas for this unique integrated carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) demonstration.

Timing of the ALIGN-CCUS project is perfect for supporting CCUS deployment goals in the Netherlands

By Tom Mikunda, TNO (WP5 lead, Industrial Clusters)

An international partnership of science and industry has begun a far-reaching project to help transform six European industrial regions into economically robust, low-carbon centres by 2025.

The multi-partner ALIGN-CCUS project, which has won nearly €15 million funding from the European ERA-NET ACT fund, will look at different but interlinking areas of research that will support the quick and cost-effective delivery of large-scale carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS).

The multi-partner ALIGN-CCUS project has launched its new website, which aims to provide a user-friendly hub for all project details, activities and outputs.

The international partnership of 32 research institutes and industrial companies has secured European and national funding for interlinking areas of research into carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS).