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Partnerships for Public Engagement: Carbon capture and Storage Interactive

Project: Research

AcronymCCSI
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/02/0931/05/11
Total award£116,668.00
Funding organisationEPSRC
Funder project referenceEP/G02037X/1
Period1/02/0931/05/11

Description

The Carbon Capture and Storage interactive

In collaboration with the School of Engineering and the Scottish Centre for Carbon Storage, the FUSION outreach research group designed and built an interactive CCS model (CCSI), which demonstrates the CCS chain from removal of CO2 to injection. The desktop-sized interactive is built in three sections: a power station model, which produces a CO2-rich output; a working, two-column, vacuum-swing gas adsorption system, used to demonstrate the capture of the CO2 and the return of the cleaned flue gases; and a simulation of the transport and subsequent injection of the captured CO2 into a disused oil field.

The SCI-FUN Roadshow, which visits schools throughout Scotland, has used the CCSI as part of a science presentation describing current areas of research at the University of Edinburgh. The interactive has also been used at science festivals and other public events, both independently and as part of a show describing aspects of climate change.

The software and hardware design of the CCSI allows it to be demonstrated in a variety of different ways, according to the level of knowledge of the target audience. Furthermore, as a fully-functioning carbon capture system, the exhibit will also be available for research into characteristics of the adsorption process.

The interactive was produced in a Partnerships for Public Engagement project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

For further information about the CCS interactive exhibit, please contact
Peter Reid, FUSION Manager, The University of Edinburgh, peter.reid@ed.ac.uk

Layman's description

The Carbon Capture and Storage interactive
In collaboration with the School of Engineering and the Scottish Centre for Carbon Storage, the FUSION outreach research group designed and built an interactive CCS model (CCSI), which demonstrates the CCS chain from removal of CO2 to injection. The desktop-sized interactive is built in three sections: a power station model, which produces a CO2-rich output; a working, two-column, vacuum-swing gas adsorption system, used to demonstrate the capture of the CO2 and the return of the cleaned flue gases; and a simulation of the transport and subsequent injection of the captured CO2 into a disused oil field.
The SCI-FUN Roadshow, which visits schools throughout Scotland, has used the CCSI as part of a science presentation describing current areas of research at the University of Edinburgh. The interactive has also been used at science festivals and other public events, both independently and as part of a show describing aspects of climate change.
The software and hardware design of the CCSI allows it to be demonstrated in a variety of different ways, according to the level of knowledge of the target audience. Furthermore, as a fully-functioning carbon capture system, the exhibit will also be available for research into characteristics of the adsorption process.
The interactive was produced in a Partnerships for Public Engagement project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
For further information about the CCS interactive exhibit, please contact
Peter Reid, FUSION Manager, The University of Edinburgh, peter.reid@ed.ac.uk

Key findings

• The project demonstrated an effective approach to engaging the public with carbon capture and storage research.
• We successfully brought together a team with the right expertise and skills to design and build an interactive Carbon Capture and Storage model (CCSI) which demonstrates the Carbon Capture and Storage chain from removal of carbon dioxide to injection underground.
• We showed that the Carbon Capture and Storage Interactive could be used effectively for engaging a range of public audiences when delivered in partnership with a professional science engagement team.
• We found that the Carbon Capture and Storage Interactive could be used as a starting point for discussion with the public, particularly teachers and pupils, about the future impact of Carbon Capture and Storage research.
• The responses to the evaluation showed that the Carbon Capture and Storage Interactive was effective in raising awareness of issues around the research, spurring general discussion about energy issues, increasing awareness and understanding of carbon capture and storage research and providing information on teachers views of the impact of the technology on future jobs.