5 November 2020

SCI Energy Future opportunities for CO2 - 3 of 3

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SCI's Energy Group

Online Webinar: 13:00-15:00 GMT - Webinar 3 of 3

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In our series of three October/November 2020 webinars, “Decarbonisation and the chemistry of CO2”, of which this is the final, we will hear from industry and academic researchers who are exploring future CO2 capture, transport and storage techniques and scenarios; new and emerging CO2 capture and conditioning technologies; and the variety of opportunities being explored to utilise captured CO2.

The UK Government has mandated that by 2050, the UK will be carbon neutral. To meet this target, research by the Committee for Climate Change (CCC), the Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) and the Energy Technologies Institute for the SCI’s Energy Group has highlighted the importance of Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS), in particular for addressing industrial emissions. Without CCUS, achieving net zero will be incredibly challenging, if not impossible.

The UK is very well placed to develop and exploit CCUS - Her Majesty’s Government wants the UK to become a global CCUS technology leader and to work internationally to bring about global CCUS cost reductions.

Understanding the chemistry of CO2 is vital if we are to develop the processes at scale for CO2 capture and conditioning, alongside opportunities to use CO2 as a resource to produce a wide variety of chemicals including fertilisers, materials and fuels. These uses include more straightforward, but transient technologies, such as the use of captured CO2 in carbonated drinks and glasshouses, through to more complex options to ‘lock-in’ CO2 via the manufacture of products such as acetic acid, fertilisers and fuels, and new materials such as polymers and CO2 cured cement.

  • Academics looking to hear about the latest developments.
  • Business leaders looking to find out what CCUS means, what the opportunities might be to use or sell their own CO2 or to find new ways to make new products.
  • Early career researchers looking to widen their scope of knowledge around their core CCUS studies.

Dr Peter CloughCranfield University

Dr Peter Clough is a lecturer in Energy Engineering at Cranfield University. Dr Clough's current research is centred around the theme of clean hydrogen production coupled with carbon capture and storage. Within his research, he applies machine learning to aid the design and selection of materials for hydrogen production. Dr Clough leads the research activities for the HyPER project (a £8M project funded by BEIS) which is developing a next generation state-of-the-art hydrogen production pilot plant based on sorbent enhanced steam methane reforming.


David Nevicato

Total (CCUS Research Programme)

David Nevicato is CO2/CCUS research program manager in the TOTAL Research & Development Division. He received his Chemical Engineering PhD in 1996 at the Claude Bernard University- Lyon 1- and his engineer graduate in 1991 From École Nationale Supérieure des Industries Chimiques (ENSIC) – Nancy-. He is an experienced professional in refining industry with over 20 years in research, process, operation and human resources. He joined the corporate R&D division in 2016 to set up the new CCUS R&D program following the TOTAL commitments according its Climate Strategy.

Paul Winstanley

Paul Winstanley

Thorntec Limited

Paul Winstanley is a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years' experience. He has successfully delivered a range of projects for some of the largest UK multi-national companies. His experience spans a wide range of fields including facilities management, electrical/mechanical/controls, environmental engineering, tri-generation, gasification, Combined Heat and Power. With an innovative and practical approach, plus a focus on cost effective solutions, he ensures that a high-quality service is maintained throughout his projects and can implement value-adding strategies.
Paul is currently delivering advanced renewable energy technology projects in support of the United Kingdom's carbon reduction commitment for 2050 with Thornfield Technical Solutions Ltd. This includes the ETI’s Advanced Waste Gasification demonstrator project in the West Midlands with Kew Technology.

Prof Christopher Rayner

University of Leeds

Chris Rayner is Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Leeds, where he has been for over 30 years. His research interests are focused on varies aspects of Sustainable Chemistry. Of particular relevance is his work on carbon dioxide chemistry which in 2009 led to the formation of C-Capture Ltd. as a University start up, which has developed some really transformational technology for CO2 separation from other gases, which has the potential to play a major role as we move towards a decarbonised world.


 Summaries of presentations are shown in the Appendix here.


Introduction to the Webinar 
Dr Peter Clough, Cranfield University, Webinar Chair

Developments in CCUS at Total
David Nevicato, Total (CCUS Research Programme) 
New Chemistry for Carbon Capture: from Laboratory Scale to Power Station
Prof Christopher Rayner , University of Leeds 
Carbon Utilisation options and importance
Paul R Winstanley, Thorntec Limited 
Q&A session
The 3 best poster presentations from the poster competition will be invited to present their posters orally;
Poster presentations, To be announced 

Booking Process/Deadlines

Booking terms and conditions

Call for Posters

Contributions are invited from early stage researchers and PhD students working in all areas of CCUS to present their poster at this one-day conference. Posters should be submitted (in PDF format) to conferences@soci.org by 16:00 BST - Monday 19 October 2020 with the subject line “CCUS conference - poster submission” Topics may be results, reviews or plans and may have already been presented elsewhere. The best three posters will receive a prize and be invited to present their poster (5 minutes) during the 5 November 2020 webinar.

The following criteria will be used to evaluate the posters:

  • Within scope: Related to the conference subject area, i.e. CCUS
  • Connection with Industry: The ability of the poster to show how it is related to industry (contextualisation of the work and composing it to attract the interest of SCI members from academia and industrial sections). This is one of the crucial selection criteria.
  • Ability to Stand Alone: The ability of the poster to stand alone as a clear communication of the work.
  • Balance: A balance of text, figures, and space with figures dominantly playing a role.
  • Overall Visual Appeal: The ability to use colour and font to make the poster appealing.
  • Legibility: The poster should be clear (text and figures) and easy to read with sharp detail on the figures and not a busy and distracting background.
  • Quality of Graphics: The ability of the poster in representing the key concepts diagrammatically with clear label and clear legends.
  • Conciseness: The poster should be technically well written in a way that the audiences grasp the concept very quickly.
  • Flow: The ability of the poster to have logical sequence in a way reader can navigate easily.
  • Accuracy and Relevance of Information Presented: The poster content should be accurate free from errors.
  • Grammar/Spelling: Posters should be free from grammar and spelling mistakes.
  • Attributions: The ability of the poster to acknowledge the rest of their team member (if any) and references to the literature.

Organising Committee
  • Maryam Bayati, SCI/ Northumbria University 
  • Reace Edwards, SCI/ University of Chester
  • Geraint Evans, SCI/ Beacontech Ltd
  • Mark Harrison, SCI/ Chair, SCI Energy Group
  • Patrick Kitt, SCI/ eContracting Limited
Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561
Email: conferences@soci.org