Acorn project unlocks UK clean growth

The Acorn Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project, its developers CO2DeepStore and consulting partners Pale Blue Dot Energy welcome the launch today of the UK Governments long awaited Clean Growth Strategy. The plan confirms the UKs commitment to its carbon reduction obligations as set out in the Climate Change Act 2008 which commits the UK to an 80% reduction on 1990 emissions by 2050. Carbon capture and storage is an essential part of this clean growth. Acorn is set to be the UKs first CCS project.

CO2 – A UK Opportunity, Not a Liability

The Acorn project, its developers CO2DeepStore and consulting partners Pale Blue Dot Energy welcome the launch today (5th Oct 2017) of the study looking at the value of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) for the UK. The report “Clean Air-Clean Industry-Clean Growth; How Carbon capture will boost the UK economy” concludes that CCS will add £129bn of societal and economic benefits to the UK. Furthermore, the study concludes that waiting before starting CCS in the UK or exporting our CO2 to Norway will both have significant negative impact on the value of CCS for the UK.

Pale Blue Dot developing business plan for the Carbon Capture Machine

Pale Blue Dot Energy and the University of Aberdeen are delighted to announce their collaboration on the Carbon Capture Machine.

The Carbon Capture Machine (CCM), a new company and technology being developed at the University of Aberdeen and a contestant in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, is developing technology that captures carbon and turns it into valuable carbon-negative industry feedstocks and building materials. Pale Blue Dot Energy will be developing a business case for the commercialisation of CCM.

The NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE is a competition designed to address CO2 emissions from fossil fuels. The winners receive $20 million to help fund the development and commercialisation of their CO2 utilisation technologies.

Pale Blue Dot Energy, based near Banchory, deliver management consultancy to the energy industry, large energy users and the public sector. Collaborative working is at the core of business practice, Pale Blue Dot Energy offers market knowledge and experience to help clients meet the demands of our rapidly changing world, and have specialist expertise in business planning and a strong track record for CCS and CCU.

Steve Murphy, Finance Director at Pale Blue Dot Energy, said “We’re delighted to be working with the University of Aberdeen on the commercialisation planning for the Carbon Capture Machine. The technology has tremendous potential to contribute significantly to reducing CO2 emissions and we’re excited to play a role in its commercialisation. We look forward to working with the team and wish them great success as they approach the next milestone of the competition.”

Zoe Morrison, Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, said “We are delighted to be working with local experts on this important development.  Pale Blue Dot are bringing a commercial edge to our academic expertise in carbon capture and utilization that has real business benefit.”

UK in CCS collaboration with China

Pale Blue Dot Energy affiliate CO2DeepStore sign multiparty MoU with China to explore investment in the Acorn CCS project in North East Scotland

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) provides for the UK-China Guangdong CCUS Centre (GDCCUSC), New Silk Road Energy and CO2DeepStore to jointly identify Chinese investment for the Acorn CCS project in North East Scotland following China’s Belt and Road initiative.

GDCCUSC and CO2DeepStore will also jointly facilitate two-way knowledge transfer between the Acorn CCS Project and the Guangdong Offshore Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage Project (GOCCUS), two flagship projects in the UK and in Guangdong, China respectively.


Acorn project wins EU funding to progress CCS in the UK

The Acorn project, a full chain small scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in North East Scotland, has reached another milestone with support from the EU funding round “Advancing CCS Technologies” (ACT), a part of the ERA-NET programme. The project, being developed by CO2DeepStore, has been approved for funding under the programme to progress feasibility studies in 2017 and 2018. Pale Blue Dot Energy is leading the ACT study consortium which also includes Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage, Bellona (Norway), Liverpool University and Radboud University (Netherlands).