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Collaboration on CCUS, hydrogen and networks

As part of ensuring the EI’s work keeps pace with and supports the rapid shift to low carbon under way in the field, the technical department convened workshops of professionals from across the sector in October to explore how collaboration could help tackle scientific and technical challenges in three growth areas – carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS), Hydrogen and Integrated Power Networks (IPN).

The main objective of the workshops was to identify non-competitive scientific and technical challenges that need to be overcome to facilitate development in these areas. Proposed areas would then be considered by the EI’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) for taking forward through its collaborative work programme.

The workshops began with presentations from industry professionals, highlighting the importance of achieving decarbonisation goals, emphasising their critical role in meeting UK targets at the lowest cost. The first half of the agenda explored high-level topics where industry requires immediate solutions. The second half of the agenda identified specific topics and technical challenges in detail, where the EI may be able to help bring about solutions.

Three reports have been produced summarising the process and the discussion at these workshops, as well as the prioritised project proposals which will later be developed further for funding.  

The CCUS workshop prioritised project proposals:
  • flow assurance and modelling to develop equation of state (EOS) for CCS fluids;
  • pipeline design and operation- repurposing of pipelines and new pipelines design to transport CO2;
  • pipeline design and operation - running ductile failure and fracture propagation; and
  • pipeline - loss of containment.
Revision of existing EI guidelines on Carbon Capture and Storage:
  • Good Plant Design and Operation for Carbon Capture Installations and Onshore Pipelines.
  • Hazard Analysis for Offshore Carbon Capture Installations and Offshore Pipelines.
  • Hazard Analysis for Onshore Carbon Capture Installations and Onshore Pipelines.
The IPN workshop prioritised project proposals:
  • research report on grid power balance scenarios 2020-2050;
  • overcoming the challenges of an integrated grid; and
  • understanding the economic and environmental sustainability of different energy storage solutions, across their lifecycles.
The Hydrogen workshop prioritised project proposals:
  • development of competence, skills and training for the transition to hydrogen;
  • evaluating the energy balance and efficiency of a whole hydrogen energy system, from production to consumption;
  • environmental impacts of the large-scale deployment of hydrogen;
  • guidance on the development of a safety case for hydrogen storage and distribution by pipeline;
  • infrastructure integration in repurposing existing natural gas infrastructure for hydrogen applications; and
  • asset integrity in repurposing existing natural gas infrastructure for hydrogen applications.
For more information about the workshops or if you want to be involved in the development of future work, please contact

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