New Flow Testing Facilities for Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage to be Built in Scotland by TÜV SÜD

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03 October 2022

New Flow Testing Facilities for Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage to be Built in Scotland by TÜV SÜD

TÜV SÜD is currently working on the design and major equipment procurement of a physical UK national standard facility to provide flow measurement traceability for gaseous carbon dioxide, through conversion of its existing gas flow facility. The new facility will be located in East Kilbride, Glasgow and has been funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) via the National Measurement System mechanism.

The new facility will help the UK meet its greenhouse gas emissions target which is to reduce 68 per cent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels1. An amendment made in 2019 to the Climate Change Act 2008 set a further target of achieving net zero by 2050.

Organisations such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the UK’s Committee on Climate Change acknowledge that fossil fuels will be in use beyond 2030, creating a need for carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) to help reduce emissions. Furthermore, apart from off-setting the direct end-use of fossil fuels, CCUS will also be needed to produce ‘blue-hydrogen’ from fossil fuel sources through reforming.

With a growing demand for CCUS technology, measurement traceability is key for a widespread and equitable CCUS trading system. It needs to be directly linked to national standards, as much of the production measurement of oil and gas does.

Gabriele Chinello, Head of CCUS, TÜV SÜD said:

“CCUS is a critical part of the overall toolbox of solutions that will help reduce global CO2 emissions, by offsetting remaining fossil fuel usage and CO2 producing industrial processes, including in the production of blue hydrogen. As there are no physical flow standards capable of providing the traceability at the scale and conditions required for gaseous CO2 in the UK, Europe, or elsewhere in the world, we are delighted to be able to help the CCUS industry solve some of their challenges.”

TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory is the UK Designated Institute for Flow Measurement, under contract from BEIS, and part of the UK’s National Measurement System.

The existing facility will be upgraded in 2023 to operate with CO2 with limited flows and temperatures. TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory will continue to keep industry updated on the progress of the test facility build so subscribe to our newsletter for the latest news.

For more information on how TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory can help with your fluid flow measurement needs, please contact us.

1 UK sets ambitious new climate target ahead of UN Summit - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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