How will Europe’s industries make the shift to a low-carbon economy without losing out in a global marketplace? We visited the scientists at the University of Sheffield, who are working to scale up carbon capture technologies while bringing down their cost: one of the goals of the ALIGN-CCUS project.

Dr Maxine Akhurst

By Dr Maxine Akhurst

Maxine Akhurst is a research geoscientist at British Geological Survey (BGS) in Edinburgh and leader of CO2 storage research in the ALIGN-CCUS project. She recently hosted the second technical meeting for the project at the BGS offices in Edinburgh.

Last week, ALIGN-CCUS project partner Asahi Kasei Europe began its green hydrogen demonstration project in Herten, Germany.

The joint project with the Hydrogen Competence Center h2herten aims to transform simulated electric power from wind energy into hydrogen and contribute to developing a large-scale, green hydrogen production system in Europe.

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.