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Edinburgh University awarded funding to explore carbon capture in infrastructure

The University of Edinburgh has been awarded funding by the UK Government’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), to demonstrate the feasibility of using carbon capture technologies within UK infrastructure projects to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

In collaboration with industry partners Arup and academic partners, the team will explore the use of biochar for storage of carbon within soil and enhanced rock weathering.

The School of GeoSciences Business Development Team, in ECCI, coordinated academics and industry partners through the bid process and negotiated the formal collaboration between the parties on award.  

The Business Development Team is the primary point of contact for all commercial engagement in the School and works in cooperation with Edinburgh Innovations to link to wider services, facilities and resources to support a range of innovation activities to link research, innovation and impact.   

Biochar expertise

Dr Saran Sohi, Senior Lecturer, School of GeoSciences, Leader: Soil Science, UK Biochar Research Centre and Prinicipal Investigator for the project said:

"To have our project awarded under the Governments Direct Air Capture and Greenhouse Gas Removal Programme is great news.

"We now have a vehicle to create biochar systems that are viable at scale, drawing on accumulated academic expertise.

"Partnerships embedded in the projects offer pathways to million-tonne CO2 removal on Net Zero timeframes. Working towards second phase funding next year, commercial production of biochar could begin in 2025.” Dr Saran Sohi, Prinicipal Investigator for both projects

Find out more

Visit the BEIS website to find out more about the funded work.

Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage at ECCI

With a secretariat based at ECCI, Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) is the largest Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) research group in the UK. Between them, the partners cover all aspects of CCS research, from capture engineering and geoscience to social perceptions and environmental impact.