Interview with Prof. Dr. Ralf Peters (left), Head Fuel Processing and Systems, Forschungszentrum Jülich.

By Tom Mikunda, TNO

One of the most ambitious goals of the ALIGN-CCUS project is delivering the world’s first full carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) chain, which means creating an integrated system that captures and then uses man-made carbon dioxide to make useful products.

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).