On 28 and 29 June, our ACT Acorn colleagues from the University of Liverpool were in celebration mode during their LivRockDef15 meeting, organised to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Liverpool Rock Deformation Laboratory, founded by Professor Daniel Faulkner.
The two-day meeting was sponsored by BRITROCK and brought together around 50 scientists working in the field of rock deformation. Under the theme “Perspectives in Rock Deformation”, talks were given by past and present members of the Rock Deformation Laboratory, focusing on recent work and future advances in the field.
One of these presentations was given by Michael Allen, a post-doctoral researcher at the laboratory, and a member of the subsurface technical team for ACT Acorn. Michael presented his work on the geomechanical and petrological characterisation of the Acorn Storage Site sandstone reservoir and caprock, as well as giving an overview of the ACT Acorn project and its ambitions for the future.
Congratulations to Michael and all the Liverpool Rock Deformation Laboratory staff on this important anniversary!
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 11:00 to 12:00 (12 - 1pm CEST)
The ACT Acorn Consortium has held its first webinar, Acorn 2025: a pathway to decarbonising the UK, which introduced the Acorn project as a “look back” from the year 2025.
The Acorn CCS project is a full-chain industrial carbon capture and storage (CCS) project being developed in north east Scotland. The linked ACT Acorn project is an international research collaboration co-funded by BEIS and the European Commission, and outputs are an important contribution to the development of Acorn.
From the webinar's future perspective, our speakers showcased results from the ACT Acorn study, focusing on the growth of an integrated CCS network from an initial capture plant at St Fergus, which now handles CO2 from a variety of sources – including CO2 from the local production of hydrogen and imported from other countries.
Our audience heard from several members of the consortium, who addressed different areas of the study, from the technical details of construction and initial CO2 injection into the storage site to public perception as well as the policy and regulatory issues the project faced.
The speakers assessed the importance of this early research in reaching significant project milestones in the UK and pointed to Acorn’s vital role as one of several major success stories from the UK and Scottish Government’s respective clean growth and energy strategies.
- Chair: Kirsty Lynch, Pale Blue Dot Energy
- Alan James, Pale Blue Dot Energy
- Juan Alcalde, University of Aberdeen
- Leslie Mabon, Robert Gordon University
- Marko Maver, Bellona Foundation
ACT Acorn is funded by the Accelerating CCS technologies (ACT) co-fund of ERA-NET under the Horizon 2020 programme. ACT comprises nine countries and the European Commission, and our project has received funding from BEIS (UK), RCN (Norway) and RVO (The Netherlands).