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Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage

Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) is the largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) research group in the UK.

SCCS provides a single point of coordination for CCS research, from carbon capture engineering and geoscience to social perceptions and environmental impact through to regulation and economics.

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Founded in 2005, and with a core team based at ECCI, SCCS is a partnership of the British Geological Survey, Heriot-Watt University, the University of Aberdeen, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde.

The SCCS vision is to enable CO2 emissions reduction through research and knowledge exchange into carbon capture, utilisation and storage technologies.

SCCS works with academics, businesses, industry, the public, regulators and policymakers worldwide to undertake multidisciplinary research and facilitate dialogue towards CCUS solutions to achieve Net Zero.

As a recognised centre of excellence, SCCS provides independent, impartial advice to address global climate change through sustainable carbon management. The partnership's internationally renowned researchers have expertise across the full CCUS supply chain.

SCCS has access to cutting-edge experimental and analytical facilities, expertise in field studies, modelling and simulation, and to key academic and research personnel to accelerate the development of CO2 transportation, capture, use and subsurface storage. S

SCCS undertakes strategic fundamental research and are experts in the communication and dissemination of that research, and is uniquely positioned to act as the conduit between academia, industry and government.


SCCS brings together skills and expertise from universities and research institutes across Scotland, the UK and further afield.

The partnership carries out research across the full CCUS supply chain, including CO2 capture engineering, transportation, storage, utilisation and impact analyses. Researchers are engaged in economic, legal and regulatory studies and consultation work. SCCS also delivers academic qualifications and CPD training.

SCCS are active in:

CO₂ Capture and Power Plant Engineering

  • Evaluation and benchmarking of capture technologies, development of novel technologies
  • Chemical modelling of capture plant and processes
  • Capture-power plant integration modelling
  • Performance, flexibility and power plant economics


  • Impurities testing and modelling - physical properties and phase envelopes
  • Dispersion modelling of leakage scenarios
  • Evaluation of pipeline sensors and measurement systems
  • Techno-economic modelling of capture and transport systems

Storage and Injection

  • Screening and ranking of CO₂ storage sites
  • Full site appraisal, using a combination of field studies, monitoring and laboratory analysis
  • Evaluation of monitoring technologies and techniques baseline and ongoing monitoring
  • Overburden leakage simulation

CO₂ Utilisation

  • Core testing and high pressure flow visualisation
  • New catalytic methods of conversion of CO₂ into value-added chemicals and fuels
  • CO₂ mineralisation using mineral wastes

Policy, Economics and Environmental and Societal Impact

  • Researching public perceptions of CO₂ storage
  • Public engagement and understanding of CCS
  • Assessment of terrestrial and marine environmental impacts
  • Economic testing of CCS system scenarios

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