In December, ERA-NET ACT reflected on the strong presence of first-phase ACT projects, including Acorn, at the GHGT-14 conference in Melbourne, Australia, two months previously.

The event, held every two years by the International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas R&D Program (IEAGHG), is a global gathering of experts on carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS) technologies.

Researchers from the Acorn, ALIGN-CCUS, DETECT and Pre-ACT projects provided more than 1000 delegates with a range of oral presentations, posters and other opportunities for knowledge exchange.

Alan James of Pale Blue Dot (left) with UK Energy Minister Claire Perry and Scotland's Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse at the Accelerating CCUS Conference

UK Energy Minister Claire Perry and Scotland’s Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse tested their carbon storage skills in a game of skittles at an international conference held in Edinburgh last week.

The “CO2 Storage Skittle Challenge” was developed by Pale Blue Dot to attract delegates at the global Accelerating CCUS conference to the Acorn CCS Project stand. Each of the nine skittles represented 10 million tonnes of CO2 stored, which competitors had to try and topple in three shots.

How time flies. Exactly one year ago, the ACT Acorn team were in Peterhead for our project kick-off meeting, forming connections and planning the work ahead.

The St Fergus Gas Terminal occupies a windswept stretch of coastline in north-east Scotland, where natural gas has come ashore since the 1970s. The facility six miles north of the port town of Peterhead is the landing point for several offshore pipelines, which bring around a quarter of all the UK’s gas onshore.

A north-east project could be the “stepping point” to begin large-scale use of technology to reduce carbon emissions in the UK, according to its manager.

Alan James is the managing director of Pale Blue Dot Energy, the firm behind the Acorn carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at the St Fergus gas terminal near Peterhead.