RGU researchers secures grant for CCS project

Monday 16 January 2023

Efenwengbe Aminaho
An RGU student has secured funding for a project to move forward Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

Efengwenge Aminaho is one of 13 early career researchers who have been awarded grants by the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC).

He was awarded £10,000 for his work on working out the purity of carbon dioxide found in exhausted petroleum reservoirs and their effect on caprock, a layer of hard rock covering deposits of oil or gas.

Grants totalling £368,792 were awarded to the 13 projects, which all support the UK Government’s net zero objectives and will last between 3 to 9 months.

Efenwengbe Aminaho said: "I am delighted to have received funding for my carbon dioxide storage project. I believe that the current research on caprock integrity evaluation will have a significant contribution to carbon dioxide storage as we target net zero carbon in the coming decades. 

“My work will look at the levels of purity of CO2 stored in depleted petroleum reservoirs and how they impact caprock integrity. This research could help the energy sector move forward in terms of environmental preservation.”

Ruqaiyah Patel, Joint Head of Energy and Decarbonisation at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) said: “Further research into carbon capture and storage will enable us to capture, store and utilise greenhouse emissions from essential processes that cannot be decarbonised and potentially save the UK tens of billions of pounds over the next two decades.

“Building on the significant impact and success delivered by UKCCSRC across technology and policy development, this call was essential in supporting a broad range of CCS research projects that can support and help the UK achieve its net zero target by 2050.”

The UKCCSRC supports, strengthens and integrates the UK carbon capture and storage community. Created in 2012, it is funded by the EPSRC and based at the University of Sheffield.

The Centre funds research through academics at numerous UK universities and runs regular events to share this research and connect the community, including international and industry contacts. 

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