Perspectives & News

Beyond Petroleum – the UK Oil and Gas Industry Vision 2035

As the Oil and Gas Authority continues to work with industry to develop a single, compelling vision for the UK oil and gas industry, it is important to ensure that the Vision adequately addresses the threats and opportunities created by the transition to a low carbon future.

CO2 reuse and the Low Carbon Transition – recent presentations

Tim Dumenil, Creative Spirit at Pale Blue Dot Energy, presented at All-Energy 2017 and the Worldwide Distilled Spirits Conference (WDSC 2017). Tim’s presentation subjects included CO2 reuse and the low carbon transition for distilling. Below is an introduction to the three papers, with links to the full papers and posters/slides.

All-Energy is the UK’s largest renewable energy event which takes place annually showcasing the complete range of renewable and sustainable technologies.

The Worldwide Distilled Spirits Conference is a world leading conference dedicated to distilled spirits that take place every three years.

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.

PBD_Acorns on the rocks

Mighty CCS projects from little Acorns grow

The ground-breaking Acorn Carbon Capture and Storage Project is set to move forwards after being awarded funding from the EU funding round ‘Accelerating CCS Technologies’ (ACT), part of the ERA-NET programme. Acorn represents an exciting step forwards for CCS in the UK, especially after several false starts over recent years.