Grant funding winners: Accelerating CCS Technologies 3

By UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy | August 08, 2022

The winners

University of Oxford

Received £977,122.81 as the project partner for the ACT 3 project SHARP.

SHARP aims to quantify and reduce storage risks by a more accurate estimation of rock stress states and related rock failure scenarios.

Heriot Watt University

Received £293,860.53 as the project partner for the ACT 3 project CEMENTEGRITY.

CEMENTEGRITY aims to develop cementing compositions and improve technologies for delivering wellbore cement seals which retain high integrity over long durations relevant for CCS, taking into account realistic in-situ conditions and Carbon dioxide (CO2) compositions.

University of Nottingham

Received £627258.77 as the project lead for the ACT 3 project ABSALT*.

ABSALT* aims to demonstrate that basic silica-polyethylenimine (PEI) in solids adsorption looping technology (SALT) can achieve low capture costs

University College London

Received £297,634.21 as the project partner for the ACT 3 project NEXTCCUS.

NEXTCCUS aims to contributing towards a sustainable energy technology with negative carbon footprint by producing methanol as a clean and secure alternative renewable fuel from CO2 capture, direct conversion and storage as liquid fuel using sustainable electrochemical system.

Net Zero Technology Centre

Received £587,125.44 as the project partner for the ACT 3 project RETURN.

RETURN aims on unlocking the potential for CO2 storage in depleted oil and gas reservoirs. The goal is to enable safe and cost-efficient use of depleted reservoirs as long-term storage sites for CO2.

TWI Limited

Received £518,777.19 as the project lead for the ACT 3 project CoCaCO2La*.

CoCaC02La* aims to develop a flexible, tunable, economically viable electrolyser to convert CO2 to ethylene (C2H4), using nano-structured copper (Cu) catalyst.

University of Edinburgh

Received £218,009.65 as the project partner for the ACT 3 project EverLoNG.

EverLoNG aims to accelerate the implementation of the Ship-Based Carbon Capture (SBCC) technology by demonstrating it on board of LNG-fuelled ships. EverLoNG will validate and demonstrate the SBCC technology on-board of two LNG-fuelled ships, owned and operated by project partners Total and Heerema.

Imperial College London: 3 projects

Received £904,101.75 as the project partner for the ACT 3 project SCOPE.

SCOPE aims to accelerate CO2 capture projects by providing critical data, methodologies and tools that are essential for plant owners and regulators engaged in managing emissions and permitting processes.

Received £417,256.14 as the project partner for the ACT 3 project CooCE.

CooCE focuses on the bioeconomy. It aims at responding to the environmental challenges associated with human activities by the development of bio-based processes and the implementation of biorefineries.

Received £158,854.00 as the project lead for the ACT 3 project ACTiON*.

ACTION* aims to establish how an efficient infrastructure, connecting CO2 sources with CO2 geological storage and non-geological utilisation options. It can be developed as part of regional decarbonisation efforts.

About ACT 3

ACT 3 is an international initiative between 14 countries including the UK. The aim is to accelerate and mature CCUS technologies through funding research and innovation projects. ACT partners include:

  • Province of Alberta
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • India
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Romania
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • UK
  • USA

The UK element of the ACT 3 programme will be funded from the BEIS Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP). It will provide up to £5 million in grant funding up until 31 March 2025 for CCUS developers to expand on their research and development to push their technologies to higher technology readiness levels. The £5 million provided by the UK will contribute to a total funding pot of around £40 million (including in-kind and industry funds), of which around £25 million is being provided by ACT partners.

In 2015, the UK was made aware that a group of European countries, led by Norway, were looking to develop a collaborative programme on CCS innovation, where the ACT programme was formed. Each project consortium is made up of one lead country and at least two partner countries to encourage international collaboration.

ACT 3 follows on from ACT 1 and 2 which provided a total of around £58 million, where 15 UK projects were funded a total of £13 million from this pot. Some key outputs from the programme include international collaboration, dissemination of findings, and promoting the acceleration of CCS technologies towards full scale/commercialisation. Find out more at