Research

Facilitating deployment of CCS

This program covers research and activities in cross-disciplinary areas needed for the implementation of CCS. The research and activities are carried out in co-operation with research organisations, with industry and with governments both in Australia and internationally.

Economics

This project will provide screening-level cost estimates and comparison of CCS technologies and projects for Australian conditions on a consistent basis. This will be done by

  1. Analysing the costs of capture for CO2 emissions from fossil fuelled power stations and energy-intensive industries.
  2. Costing different capture technologies including, but not limited to solvents, membranes, PSA or VSA, cryogenics, oxy-fuel technologies.
  3. Analysing the economics of source sink integration for specific sites across Australia.
  4. Maintaining our CO2CRC economics modelling software including regular updating of our costs database and indices.

Comparing the costs of CO2 transport and storage with those of other abatement technologies.

Risk assessment

This project will test and, where necessary, develop risk assessment methodologies, drawing upon the experience of CO2CRC in undertaking capture and storage projects and the experience gained by others in undertaking projects. The project will also contribute to the regulatory process, to broader international studies of risk and to obtaining regulatory approvals for future activities. CO2CRC aims to produce a holistic risk assessment tool that will integrate all aspects of the system from capture through to storage.

An open, defensible and auditable risk assessment will provide the basis for effectively communicating the issue of risk as it relates to CCS. All risk assessment work will be done in conjunction with other relevant activities in the risk area, such as the work of IPAC, the IEA-GHG and Risk Assessment Network, the DoE (NRAP), and CSLF.

Technical advice

This project aims to provide key stakeholders with accurate, timely and focussed technical information on a range of CCS issues.

Education and training

The education and training project aims to build technical capacity in CCS, prepare skilled personnel to meet the future demands of a robust CCS industry and prepare the community, industry and government for CCS deployment through education.

CO2CRC will address the challenge of skills shortages in CCS through a focused and sustained education and training program. CO2CRC recognises the scale of the task needed to increase the number of researchers and practitioners in this field and will devote significant efforts to developing appropriate courses and other initiatives to address this. It will also work with international organisations to extend those training initiatives globally.

Communication and public acceptance

The communications project aims to ensure broad public understanding and acceptance of CCS technologies as a critical GHG mitigation tool. It also will employ effective two-way communications with the community on the CO2CRC Otway Project and use the experience gained as a best-practice example of CCS project community consultation for other projects.

Utilisation of knowledge

CO2CRC facilitates the utilisation of CO2CRC intellectual property and know-how through this project

CCS data management

This project is to devise and implement a data management strategy in a coherent manner across the CRC that includes processes to ensure the right data are captured and managed to support collaboration and scientific integrity.

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