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Energy transition reports

Measurement needs for carbon capture, usage and storage

NPL’s Energy Transition report prioritising measurement needs and challenges for carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) is now available for download here.

This latest report describes the potential for CCUS as an important technology during the UK’s energy transition and focuses on the role that metrology (the science of measurement) could play in supporting its deployment. High priority measurement needs and challenges identified within this report include:

  • Measuring and comparing the efficiency of different capture techniques and configurations to provide confidence in investments into technologies;
  • Improving equations of state to support the development of accurate models used for controlling operational conditions;
  • Improving CO2 flow measurement to support fiscal and financial metering, as well as process control, and;
  • Improving the understanding and validation of dispersion models for emitted CO2 including plume migration, to support safety assessment.

Click here to open a full-screen version of the infographic summarising the measurement challenges

These challenges were prioritised through an industry-wide webinar series held in October 2020 and in-depth consultation with key stakeholders across the CCUS industry.

To learn more about our Energy Transition report series, or to speak to us about our work in CCUS, please contact the Environment team.


Achieving net zero and limiting global temperature rise is a monumental task for society. Technological and socio-economic innovation in reducing emissions can get us far, but the end-goal can only be realised through carbon capture and long-term storage in one form or another. It has to work – there is no quick fix – which is why NPL is focusing on developing the science and quality system to assure we capture the carbon and can re-use or store it safely for the long term. We hope this report can stimulate all stakeholders in engaging, investing and assuring that CCUS does fulfil its role in achieving the UK ambition of net zero

Richard Barker - Head of Energy and Environment

Download the report via the link below.

29 Jan 2021


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