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09 Sep 2009 01:09:03

UK possible carbon storage capital

UK possible carbon storage capital
The UK could become the leading nation in Europe in terms of carbon storage, according to experts.

Research from a professor at Edinburgh University has found that space beneath the North Sea in porous rock could be used to store waste gases.

This could provide around £5bn per year to the UK economy by 2030, as well as reducing carbon emissions, professor Stuart Haszeldine said.

Speaking at the British Science Association festival in Guildford, he urged the UK government to press on with energy storage plans.

"I'm pushing for the government to get on with it and build five of these platforms by 2016," professor Haszeldine said.

"We're doing the usual British thing of being faint-hearted when it comes to making a business out of something. We are in a world-beating position and must not lose the plot."

The scientists also explained that carbon storage should be thought of as a stop-gap while longer-lasting carbon emissions solutions are developed.



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