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RICE at 2nd UK CCUS and Hydrogen Decarbonisation Summit

24/09/2021

The RICE Project was represent at the 2nd UK CCUS & Hydrogen Decarbonisation Summit in the conference program with Prof Barron presenting in the Projects session along with representatives from AECOM, McDermott, UK Low Carbon Strategy, Progressive Energy and Storegga Geotechnologies. Also engaging the attendees with the hydrogen bike and the RICE booth in the exhibition area was Dr Dunnill and Dr Kat Glover from WP4 supported by the RICE Program Manager, Merrie Barron.

The 2nd UK CCUS & Hydrogen Decarbonisation Summit was aimed at highlighting the latest developments and opportunities across the carbon capture, utilisation & storage (CCUS) and hydrogen sectors, and discuss strategies for greater decarbonisation of the energy intensive industries. By bringing together decarbonisation policy makers, industry and innovators, the two-day summit’s goal was to address approaches for accelerating the rollout of innovative decarbonising technologies. In this regard, the RICE Project had a key role in showing that academia can transition technologies towards commercial scale.

In his presentation, Prof Barron discussed how with the UK government investing £800 million to support CCUS clusters it is important to move away from basic research and de-risk technology through large scale demonstrations. In this regard, the WEFO funded RICE project is far ahead of other University led consortia.

The hydrogen bike attracted significant interest and Drs Dunnill and Glover were kept busy getting people engaged on the possibilities of hydrogen generation as an energy vector.

As a result of the conference we have signed up several more companies to the RICE Project and have now a waiting list of companies wishing to tour WP1 and WP4 demonstrators at Vale and Hanson.

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