A long, hard look underground is required to reach net zero, say experts

phys.org | 4/8/2019 | Staff
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Advances and investment in geothermal energy, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) are "critical" to moving the UK toward its target, according to a new report published in Petroleum Geoscience.

Professor Mike Stephenson, Chief Scientist, Decarbonisation & Resource Management at BGS, said: "If we want to reach net zero by 2050, we need to focus on increasing our knowledge of the subsurface of the UK.

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"Geothermal energy, carbon capture and storage and bioenergy with carbon capture and storage are the three technologies that could get the UK towards net zero.

"The Natural Environment Research Council commissioned the £31million UK Geoenergy Observatories, which are underway in Cardiff, Glasgow and Cheshire. These observatories are a huge step forwards and will help us understand the subsurface in detail that hasn't been possible before.

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"We need more large-scale pilot and demonstrations of geothermal, CCS and BECCS so that we can make rapid advances in these fields."

Before meaningful progress can be made in decarbonization and the three technologies with the most potential, Stephenson warned, scientists need to advance their understanding of the UK's subsurface.

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Professor Sebastian Geiger, director of Heriot-Watt University's Institute for GeoEnergy Engineering, said: "Carbon...
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