Playful approach to Acorn’s serious potential at CCUS summit

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.

The playful display underlined the more serious message that the full-chain Acorn project will, through delivery of a UK carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) cluster, contribute significantly to clean growth and climate action.

Delegates also heard how the ACT Acorn research consortium, funded by the EU’s Accelerating CCS Technologies Programme (ACT), is contributing to moving the wider project towards completion by the 2020s.

This ambition was boosted by the announcement during the conference that the UK Government, along with Scottish Government and industry partners, will match funding for Acorn’s infrastructure development through the European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facilities.

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