CO2Chem Network: Establishing the UK as World Leaders in Carbon Dioxide Utilisation

Lead Research Organisation: University of Sheffield
Department Name: Chemical & Biological Engineering

Abstract

Carbon Dioxide Utilisation (CDU) is the transformation of carbon dioxide waste in to value added products. This has the effect of eliminating new fossil carbon entering the supply chain and removing the CO2 (one of the main greenhouse gases) from waste streams or even the atmosphere. It can be considered as chemical storage of the CO2. This may be anywhere from short- to long-term storage depending on the product. The CO2Chem Network was established in 2010 as one of the EPSRC Grand Challenges in Physical Sciences. It has grown from 80 initial members within the UK to over 1,100 worldwide in 2016. In line with the other Grand Challenge Networks established at the same time, we are looking to extend funding to 2019, after which the network will become fully sustainable as a UK association. CO2Chem has been highly successful and is now the premier network for CDU.

The new proposal seeks to build on this expertise and help members develop their research, collaborations and funding towards 2019; a pivotal year when the financially sustained association will come into effect and when the UK will potentially leave the European Union. We will therefore explore with members the needs for operation within a global economy. In particular we will develop links with countries linked to the Global Challenges Research Fund to establish new markets for collaboration.

Emphasis will be placed on developing a strong research base in CDU through the introduction of Summer Schools for Researchers, enhanced Early Career Researcher events and a new Seedcorn Award strategy. We will also engage strongly with government to establish CDU as a key industrial and environmental strategy, especially given that CCU project commercialisation has been abandoned by UK government for the considerable future. We will work with the triple helix of academia-industry-government to develop strategies and policies for the development of fundamental, discovery level CDU projects through their translation towards commercialisation.

Planned Impact

The aim of the network is to maximise impact of CDU research. It has a proven track record in doing so.

-The network will promote UK research globally through dissemination events and its website and social media activities.

-The successful website will be redesigned and updated with increasing use of video content.

-We will establish a YouTube Channel and promote activities with regular Facebook and Twitter feeds.

-We will work with industry to accelerate CDU from the Discovery to Commercialisation phases. We will aim to create an environment where industry can make financial gain from employment of CDU as alternative feedstocks for new production routes.

-We will provide government with objective, transparent and evidence based assessments of technology and market developments in CDU to make the UK the premier destination for CDU technologies and research

-We will promote CDU with the public, explaining the benefits of CDU fro the environment and the long-term economy.
To strongly cooperate with overseas organisations and networks such as SCOT, CO2Net, CO2Forum, The Global CO2 Initiative and Carbon XPRIZE to disseminate information and promote the activities of CO2Chem on a global stage.

Publications

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Description That there is a wide global appetite for CCU but that it is being delayed through policy inaction. Industry is leading the technology pull.
Exploitation Route Looking to become a self-sustaining professional body/organisation.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Construction,Energy,Environment,Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Transport

URL http://www.co2chem.com
 
Description Contributed to the Mission Innovation report on CCUS. Brought utilisation alongside storage in government thinking.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Construction,Energy,Environment,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Transport
Impact Types Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Consulation on CCU technologies for European Commission
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Horizon 2020
Amount € 4,100,000 (EUR)
Organisation European Commission H2020 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 05/2019 
End 04/2023
 
Description INTERREG
Amount € 191,000 (EUR)
Organisation European Commission H2020 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 07/2019 
End 12/2022
 
Description Audience with Indian Minister for Science & Technology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting in New Delhi. Led to an invitation from the FCO/DIT to participate in a Ministerial Summit in New Delhi, April 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Avantium CCU Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact International conference on CCU in Europe
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description BBC R4 Material World 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Discussions on BBC R4 blog and followup interviews and reasearch

International exposure
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006
 
Description BBC Radio 5 discussion 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Discussion on renewable energy alternatives for the UK energy mix
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description BBC news website interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview and comments for BBC website piece on CO2 utilisation which lead to further media interest in the technology
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description CO2 Podcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact CO2 Utilisation for the Conversation Podcast
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description CO2 Status Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact First Status Conference with multiple presenters. Single day event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CO2 Utilisation EU Event Santander 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Keynote Talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CO2CHem Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact First CO2Chem Summer School. Successful five day event held in Sheffeild.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CO2Chem Status Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Status conference highlighting the impact of seed corn funding to research stimulation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Carbon X-PRIZE 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Second Round conference for XPRIZE contestants. Styring gave Plenary Lecture.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CarbonNext Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Plenary Talks at final conference of CarbonNext.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Chemistry World article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Large contribution to RSC Chemistry World three page article on carbon dioxide utilisation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Energy Transition Commission 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The viability of CCUS in the industrialsectors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
 
Description Gaseous Industrial Emission Conference, Brussels 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact CO2 and beyond. Conference to look at commercial viability. Keynote plus invited talks.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Intergovernmental Ministerial Summit and Workshop on Accelerating CCUS. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invited talks and panel membership. Active participants in debates. Attended by Rt Hon Claire Perry MP.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilisation (ICCDU) 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UK hosted ICCDU for the first time. Organised by CO2Chem. Very successful event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://iccdu2016.org.uk
 
Description International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilisation 2018 Rio 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk at ICCDU 2018 in Rio de Janeiro
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Interview for BBC World Service radio 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BBC radio interview for world service on the potential of CO2 utilisation to impact climate change via emissions reduction
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Interview on BBC World News 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Live BBC World News interview on the potential of carbon dioxide use in the production of carbon nanofibres and the effect of CO2 utilisation on emissions mitigation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Invited Keynote at FutureFeed 2018 Oslo 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote at FutureFeed, University of Oslo
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Keynote at ENCO 2019 India 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote and Panel Chair at Energy and Environment: Challenges and Opportunities 2019, New Delhi India
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Keynote at RRB-14 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Keynote presentation at 14th International Conference on Renewable Resources and Biorefinaries, Ghent, Belgium
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description LCA/LEA Guidelines Launch Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Launch of new documentation with GCI and EIT-Climate-KIC
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Low carbon feedstocks for bioeconomy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Attended workshop on low carbon feedstocks for bioeconomy discussed ccu opportunities with delegates in working groups
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MEETING OF SOUTH WALES CLUSTER MEMBERS (CO2CHEM AS A MEMBER) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Establishing a regional cluster for sustainable industry in South Wales
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
 
Description Media work (TV/Radio) on CO2 Shortages in UK in June 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact BBC 5 Live and BBC News interviews regarding CO2 shortages in summer of 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with BEIS 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion of involvement of CO2Chem in future CCUS plans.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with Natural Resource Canada 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting with NRCan and British High Commission to scope a potential UK-Canada collaboration. Ongoing dialogue.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting with Natural Resource Canada 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussions with NRCan and British High Commission in Ottawa to discuss future collaborative plans. NSERC application was an immediate output.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mini-Symposium with Toronto XPRIZE Finalists 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Mini-Symposium on Electrochemical Conversion of CO2 to products. Sargent Group at University of Toronto, Canada
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description New Energy Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Recommendations on CDU to the energy community
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Politics First magazine article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Article on the activities of CO2Chem
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Port of Antwerp CDU Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Developing a CDU economy in the Port of Antwerp, Belgium.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation to Carbon Capture Journal Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Led to a journal issue publication. Status of CDU and its prospects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentations at ICCDU 2017, Shanghai 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Oral presentations from CO2chem members at the International Conference of Carbon Dioxide Utilisation 2017 showcasing UK research in CCU. Increase in awareness of delegates particularly Chinese, in UK research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Royal Society Consultation of CO2 Reuse 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Output will be a Royal Society document recommending policy on CDU
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Royal Society MP Pairing Scheme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact One week secondment to Westminster to work in collaboration with Dr Emma Hennessey at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Royal Society Oxford-KOPRC Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Keynote presentation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Royal Society Synthetic Fuels Working Group and Policy Briefing Document 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop and Working Group to look at the viability of Synthetic Fuels
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
 
Description SETIS Magazine interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Interview for EU Commission science policy magazine highlighting UK research and CO2Chem
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Seminar Series 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UK-Canada Research Symposium
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Spanish Chemical Society Biannual Conference. Keynote by Styring 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact CO2 Utilisation focused session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Teachers TV 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Two parts of a series of Teachers TV programmes (How Science Works) on Engineering: "Engineering Gold" and "In the Classroom"

Incorporate into GCSE Syllabus for "21st Century Science"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2007
URL http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Teachers-TV-How-Science-Works-Engineering-Gold-6084959/
 
Description Toronto Solar Fuels Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Two-day meeting including Provincial government Minister of State.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description UKCCSRC Meeting, Coventry 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Workshop on Scope of CCUS
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description WISE 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Activities provoked discussion with adults and children

Audience predominately had no previous knowledge of CO2 utilization and shared after activities that they had learned something new and found the presented research very interesting
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014