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Understanding the Technological and Economic Drivers of the Development of CCUS Clusters in the United Kingdom

Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering

About the Project

The deployment of industrial clusters for decarbonisation is key to the UK’s transition to a net zero economy. Since the large scale deployment of CCUS requires the development of significant and expensive infrastructure for both CO2 transport and storage, detailed consideration of policy and economic impacts as well as cost reduction of these elements of the CCUS value chain is key for the viability of a cluster. This exciting project will combine expertise from both economics and engineering to address this challenge, and will benefit from significant input from industrial stakeholders.

This project will seek to develop a novel approach to understand the design and evolution of CCUS clusters in the UK. The design of the required transportation system requires a detailed cost benefit analysis and optimisation of the cluster CO2 transportation network over long time scales, minimising the total costs for CO2 transport and storage, whilst considering potential capacity expansion or contraction over time.

The project will seek to characterise and incorporate individual industrial actors’ strategic behaviour within clusters. This will include long-term economic and business models to understand the drivers of firms’ investments in the CCUS infrastructure as well as the role of the policy-maker in setting policies to encourage or facilitate the development of the network. This will be used to provide strategic and policy recommendations for the development and evolution of CCUS clusters.

Please see this link for information on how to apply: Please include the name of your proposed supervisor and the title of the PhD project within your application.

Funding Notes

The project will be part of the EPSRC-supported Centre for Doctoral Training in Resilient Decarbonised Fuel Energy Systems. The student who undertakes it will be one of a cohort of over 50 students in a broad range of disciplines across the Universities of Sheffield, Nottingham and Cardiff. In addition to the standard EPSRC stipend and payment of UK fees, there will be a stipend enhancement of £3750 per annum for 4 years, with £6000 per annum of funding for research costs and travel.


Applicants are expected to have obtained (or be heading for) a First or Upper-second degree at Master’s level (or equivalent) in an Engineering, Mathematical or Physical Science discipline and be highly motivated. They should have broad interests in renewable and low carbon technologies, and in the economics surrounding them. Furthermore, the applicant should have a desire to gain international industrial experience during the course of the EngD. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills, which will be essential for collaborations, disseminating the results via journal publications and attendance at international conferences. If English is not your first language then you must have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) average of 6.5 or above with at least 6.0 in each component, or equivalent. Please see this link for further information:

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