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BGS have won prestigious funding from the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK1 (Solving Urban Challenges with Data – Feasibility Studies) as part of a business led consortium to develop a prototype webGIS subscription service for landowners, developers, local authorities and their advisors to conduct renewable energy feasibility studies. The project will help the Government achieve renewable energy targets by allowing users to select which technologies are suitable for their site. The system will utilise information that will signify when a technology will and will not work, using BGS’ extensive geoscience data holdings and other open access data sources.
Consortium members are made up of industry and applied research organisations: Land Quality Management and Nottingham Energy Partnership and Nottingham Geospatial Institute. Positive Homes and University of Nottingham Estates Office who have extensive experience in installing and using renewable energy, will trial the system as potential end-users. The project starts in July 2015 and ends in 2016. For more information contact Darren Beriro.
The 2011 EEFIT (The Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team) Christchurch report which was co-authored by BGS's David Boon is now freely available on-line.
The CO2GeoNet Open Forum and workshops offered a unique opportunity for stakeholders and major players in the CCS arena and wider energy–climate debate to meet and discuss recent developments with Europe's largest group of researchers on CO2 geological storage. Michelle presented on 'Developing a national portfolio of CO2 storage in the UK: the UK CO2Stored database and site portfolio'. Maxine presented on 'Providing assurance of storage capacity in open connected aquifers for multiple users: a case study from the Moray Firth - SiteChar & Multistore'. Ceri Vincent is chair of the CO2GeoNet Executive Committee so was asked to give a short talk on advancing geological storage of CO2 through CO2GeoNet activities and what is needed to alleviate the concerns of potential storage site operators.
BGS participated on behalf of CO2GeoNet at the International Scientific Conference "Our Common Future under Climate Change" held in Paris 7 – 10 July ahead of the Conference of the Parties which will also be held in Paris later this year (COP 21). BGS presented on assured capacity and safe geological storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) during a parallel session titled "Negative emissions for climate change stabilisation and the role of CO2 geological storage".
During this conference, the representatives from CO2GeoNet, EERA (the European Energy Research Alliance), GCCSI (the Global CCS Institute) and IEAGHG (the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme) prepared this statement to emphasise the role of CCS (Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage) as a viable and flexible climate change mitigation technology.