By Dr Maxine Akhurst, British Geological Survey, WP3 lead

We are now midway through the ALIGN-CCUS project and, while this milestone may be of little interest to those not actively involved, for myself and the international colleagues on the project, it is a major milestone against which we measure our research progress. It also demonstrates to the national organisations who are funding our work that we are working well together to achieve their objectives.

Next month, scientists from the ALIGN-CCUS project will travel to Norway to share their findings from a range of research areas at the 10th Trondheim CCS Conference, or TCCS10.

As we reach the midway point of ALIGN-CCUS, our project partners will present results from their leading research on public perception, enabling CO2 transport, countering the degradation of capture solvents, designing for CO2 injection and planning for offshore CO2 transport and storage.

Dr Maxine Akhurst, principal geologist at the British Geological Survey (project lead for work package 3), gets some help from two rock stars to show how certain rocks are ideal for storing the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide (CO2) deep below ground and ensuring it stays put.

By the time CO2 captured from an industrial facility arrives at a geological storage site, for example, beneath the North Sea, it will have been compressed to form a supercritical fluid, which is able to displace water from between the grains of sandstone.

We delivered our third knowledge-sharing webinar in February, which focused on transporting carbon dioxide (CO2) in varying volumes to offshore storage sites, and the opportunities as well as challenges involved.

If you missed the webinar or would like to hear the presentations again, download the recording here.

At the end of October, a team of ALIGN-CCUS research partners took the latest findings of our European project to an international audience at the GHGT-14 conference in Melbourne, Australia.

The GHGT conference series is the largest international gathering of carbon capture and storage (CCS) experts, and this year’s event was made even more pertinent by the IPCC’s recent report on global efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions.