University of Regina and University of Edinburgh strengthen links on carbon capture and storage research

By Krista Baliko Posted: February 25, 2016 12:00 p.m.

Signing the MOU at the Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage International Academic Summit in Scotland. (l to r) Dr. Gareth Johnstone, SCCS North America Research Associate, Dr. David Malloy, Vice-President (Research), Alan Mackay, Deputy Vice-Principal International and Director of the International Office, University of Edinburgh, Dr. Stuart Haszeldine, SCCS Director, University of Edinburgh.
Signing the MOU at the Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage International Academic Summit in Scotland. (l to r) Dr. Gareth Johnstone, SCCS North America Research Associate, Dr. David Malloy, Vice-President (Research), Alan Mackay, Deputy Vice-Principal International and Director of the International Office, University of Edinburgh, Dr. Stuart Haszeldine, SCCS Director, University of Edinburgh. Photo courtesy of Will Robb - University of Edinburgh Photography.

The University of Regina has signed a significant collaboration with the University of Edinburgh in Scotland paving the way for international research into carbon capture and storage (CCS), a technology that holds the potential to transform how we reduce carbon emissions globally.  

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two institutions, signed at an international academic summit in Scotland, establishes up to three $10,000 scholarships each year with funding support from the CCS pioneer, SaskPower. The company’s commercial-scale Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Demonstration Project was the world’s first CCS project on coal power to begin operating.

Successful students for this competitive award will be accepted as visiting graduate students at the University of Regina after completing two semesters at the University of Edinburgh’s MSc in CCS.

“This agreement is an exciting step toward building international capacity in CCS, and we are thrilled to be able to share our knowledge with University of Edinburgh students as we welcome them to our hub in CCS. Working together we have the potential to provide real solutions to climate change around the world,” says Dr. David Malloy, Vice-President (Research) at the University of Regina.

“The University of Regina is set to have a major impact on reducing global carbon emissions. Our research into Carbon Capture and Storage, and our subsequent technologies, are cutting edge,” he adds.

Alan Mackay, Deputy Vice-Principal International and Director of the International Office at the University of Edinburgh, says: “The collaboration between our two universities is an excellent example of how international collaboration can tackle an international problem, such as climate change. These student placements not only build links between the UK and Canada, but will also contribute to finding solutions to the urgent challenge of tackling increasing CO2 emissions worldwide.”

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