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Rebecca Scott, University of Melbourne

Tony Steeper,
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University of Melbourne researchers will share in $51.6M to fund projects led by CO2CRC, announced today by Resources and Energy Minister Gary Gray.

Lead agency CO2CRC has received the funding from the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Future package, administered by the Education Investment Fund (EIF), to support CCSNET, a network of field facilities, onshore and offshore monitoring systems and world class laboratories.

“CCSNET will significantly enhance Australia’s carbon capture and storage (CCS) research capability,” said Dr Richard Aldous, Chief Executive of the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC).

CCSNET network comprises a number of projects involving the University of Melbourne.

Professor Geoff Stevens, Director of the Peter Cook Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage Research at the University of Melbourne said the involvement from the University was cross-disciplinary, bringing together experts from Chemical Engineering and Earth Sciences.

“The EIF funding announced today for the CCS Lab Net program and for the Otway Sub Surface Laboratory helps University of Melbourne researchers to continue to play a critical role in the development of CCS technology as a viable alternative energy for the future,” he said.

The funding would be used to develop important new infrastructure to further research undertaken by the internationally recognised Peter Cook Centre, the Otway Sub Surface Laboratory and capture facilities at Gippsland (GipNet). 

“With our collaborating organisations, together we have generated a unique research capacity and facilities which have already generated significant return. With this investment and new funding we have an even better opportunity to investigate new capture, storage and monitoring options,” he said.

Professor Mike Sandiford, Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute and of the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne said the EIF investment announced today would advance the technology.

“This funding will provide University of Melbourne geoscientists with access to world leading subsurface facilities enabling new experiments designed to understand how to safely and securely store CO2 at scale,” he said.

Researchers said the announcement was a great birthday present for CO2CRC, which celebrated 10 years on Monday.

 “It reaffirms Australia’s strong global role in taking this technology forward,” Dr Aldous said.