Durham scientists tackle CO2 storage

Scientists at Durham University are working on new ways of storing CO2 emissions underground to help in the fight against global warming. The University has launched the Carbon Storage Research Group, which will be led by the newly-created position of Professor of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and Energy.

Researchers aim to find efficient and reliable ways of gathering CO2 from fossil-fuel fired power plants and storing it in former oil and gas fields or aquifers indefinitely so it cannot add to global warming.

Capturing and storing that CO2 is seen as an essential part of reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Research into carbon capture and storage further strengthens Durham's work in the field of green energy which includes research into wind and wave power, solar energy, biofuels and the social implications of new and renewable energy.

Professor Richard Davies, Director of Durham University's Centre for Research into Earth Energy Systems (CeREES), said: "As demand for energy increases we need innovative and practical solutions where CO2 can be removed from the atmosphere to counteract global warming. Our combined expertise will allow us to investigate ways of capturing carbon and ensuring that it remains underground once stored."

Margaret Fay, Chairman of Regional Development Agency One NorthEast, said: "Reducing the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere is possibly the single most important issue facing the world today. This announcement is further evidence of North East England's excellent reputation for research in the field of green energy. Global companies recognise that the region is fast becoming a hub for new and renewable energy research and development."

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