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Fossil Fuels and CCS

Fossil FuelsFossil fuels including oil, natural gas and coal are currently the main energy carriers for electricity generation within the United Kingdom. For the first quarter of 2013, 41% of UK electricity was generated from coal and 26% was generated from natural gas. Transferring entirely from coal to gas would reduce the UK’s annual carbon dioxide emissions. However, given the most probable energy demand scenarios for the future, the associated emissions reduction would not be enough to allow the UK to reach its greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.

Research relating to fossil fuels at The Open University span two distinct themes. The first involves the characterision of materials for future high-efficiency power stations with the potential to reduce emissions from such plants. The second involves Carbon Capture and Storage — technologies that sequester carbon dioxide generated from fossil fuel plants and store it underground. Of particular interest to researchers at the OU is the policy landscape that surrounds its potential
deployment in the UK and Europe.

Further Information

For further information on OU fossil fuels and CCS research, please contact Professor William Nuttall (Professor of Energy):

Telephone: 01908 655113
URL: http://www9.open.ac.uk/mct/people/William.Nuttall