KCRC and SCCS signed an MOU on March 20 for exchanging information and technologies.
Organizations in Korea and the United Kingdom agreed to expand cooperation for developing carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies.
Korea Carbon Capture & Sequestration R&D Center (KCRC) and Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS) in the United Kingdom said on March 20 that they concluded on March 15 an MOU at Ramada Plaza Jeju Hotel for cooperation for developing CCS technologies.
Director Park Sang-do of KCRC said, “The world is paying attention to CCS technology as a core means of dealing with climate change, and the Korean government is strengthening development of CCS technologies through KCRC. We expect the MOU will contribute to building a foundation for cooperation between the two organizations.”
Prof. Stefano Brandani at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom who attended the MOU signing ceremony on behalf of SCCS said, “We are happy to establish cooperative relationship with Korea through the MOU. For successful development of CCS technologies, we need international cooperation, and we expect to carry forward mutually beneficial joint research projects between the two institutions.”
The CCS technology can compress and transport carbon dioxide to safely store underground or convert into useful substance after capturing it in high concentration from waste gas emitted by major sources of carbon dioxide that use fossil fuel (thermal power plants, steel mills and cement plants). And it attracts attention as the most effective means of preventing climate change. But in order to develop feasible CCS technology, scientists need to increase demonstration research and put continued effort to seek ways of reducing costs and improving efficiency.
As it is the first CCS-related MOU concluded between Korea and the United Kingdom, the two organizations will expedite development of CCS technologies by expanding chances of educating and training CCS researchers, conducting joint research projects, invigorating collaboration between researchers and institutions, and sharing information.