The Peter Cook Centre for CCS Research aims to develop environmentally and socially acceptable, cost effective carbon capture and storage solutions for a carbon constrained world. Innovation, collaboration and training are central to our activities.
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Peter Cook Centre for CCS Research
The research we perform underpins the development of enhanced technologies for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in Australia. In collaboration with our partners in governments and industry we deliver research and development services and train the next generation of scientists and engineers.
The Centre is named after Professor Peter Cook, CBE, FTSE, an internationally distinguished expert in carbon capture and storage research and a pioneer of CCS research and development in Australia. His profile and worldwide reputation for excellence in the field of geological storage makes him a fitting choice as patron for the Centre.
The Centre builds on more than 15 years of CCS research and has many established partnerships in Australia and overseas. The Centre Advisory Board consists of subject matter experts, reviews the work program and provides advice on future directions. The Centre is funded through membership fees, research project funding and an in-kind contribution by The University of Melbourne, for example in form of PhD scholarships.
Research, development and demonstration are critical steps along the path towards industrial deployment of carbon capture and storage.
Carbon capture and storage is an integrated technology able to achieve significant CO2 emission reduction from stationary industrial sources and has been successfully applied for over 20 years. Ongoing research addresses a set of objectives including cost reduction and life cycle analysis of carbon capture processes from different sources, carbon utilization, improving the prediction of CO2 migration and storage in the reservoir and the development of subsurface monitoring technologies.
Research focused on developing and demonstrating technologies that will significantly reduce the costs of capturing CO2 while minimising the environmental footprint of energy production.
Research focused on developing a deeper understanding of the process of storing CO2 in subsurface structures, with the aim of reducing the storage risks, developing monitoring and control technologies.
Increasing greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere is a key environmental issue facing Australia and the world.