The UK’s Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has launched a £3m ($4.7m) project to support designing, operating and rolling out cost effective carbon capture and storage (CCS) systems in the country.

The 30-month project will create a modelling tool kit for simulating the operation of all aspects of the CCS chain, from capture and transport to storage. Companies involved in the project are modelling technology provider Process System Enterprise, energy consultancy E4tech, and industrial partners EDF Energy, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and Petrofac.

The project is intended to result in a commercial modelling environment built on PSE’s gPROMS modelling platform.

The ETI’s Energy System Model has shown that about a third of the UK’s electricity could be generated from coal, gas, biomass or hydrogen turbines fitted with CCS by 2050, said Dr David Clarke, ETI’s chief executive.

“CCS infrastructure is complex and will need to be rolled out rapidly to meet those targets and our CCS Modelling project will play a crucial role in ensuring a practical, cost effective and robust network of assets,” he said.

The ETI has already announced £29m worth of CCS projects, including a next generation capture demonstration project led by Costain and an appraisal of the UK’s potential storage sites led by Senergy.

The ETI is also commissioning a project to develop and demonstrate cheaper carbon capture technologies specifically for gas fired power stations. An announcement on who will carry out the work on this project is expected in early 2012.

The ETI is a public private partnership between six global industrial companies – BP, Caterpillar, EDF, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and Shell – and the UK Government tasked with developing “mass scale” technologies that will help the UK meet its 2020 and 2050 energy targets.

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