The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) yesterday launched a £3m project that will help support the future design, operation and roll-out of cost effective carbon capture and storage (CCS) systems in the UK, helping to ensure the UK’s leadership position in this area. The two-and-a-half year long project, managed by E4tech, will create a modelling tool-kit capable of simulating the operation of all aspects of the CCS chain, from capture and transport to storage.
E4tech’s Director Adam Chase stated “CCS is often considered in static and not dynamic terms – this project will address this, allowing decision-makers to explore the performance of a key part of the UK’s low carbon energy mix.”
In addition to modelling technology provider Process System Enterprise, the project involves industrial partners EDF Energy, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and Petrofac, who expect to be involved in capturing, compressing, transporting and storing CO2 in the future. The CCS System Modelling Tool-kit will be used to identify and understand system-wide operational issues such as the effects of power station ramp-up or ramp-down on downstream storage operation, or the effect of downstream disturbances on power generation. It will benefit owners or developers of power stations who need to know the effect of CCS on their operations, future transport and storage operators and technology suppliers who will want to understand future requirements for their equipment. It will also provide policy makers with a powerful support tool to help with decisions related to overall CCS operation.