Today the British Midlands Development Corporation announced the opening of Nottingham University's new Center for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage (CICCS).
The $2.2m Center, located in the British Midlands, is dedicated to research designed to reduce the impact of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses, major contributors to climate change.
Research at the Center will explore new technology that 'captures' polluting carbon dioxide and stores it permanently, preventing its damaging release into the atmosphere. Some of the research conducted at the Center will also focus on converting the CO2 into fuels and other useful materials.
Over the next five years, funding for the Center will be provided by the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), through its Challenging Engineering initiative.
"The British Midlands has an excellent academic infrastructure," said Vern Sebby, President and CEO of British Midlands Development Corporation, "Universities in the region are closely linked to business through research bodies like the University of Nottingham's new Center for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage."
"Work and research coming out of the area's universities has fueled an amazing number of start-up companies and attracted a number of established foreign companies hoping to leverage the innovation, thinking, and talent available in the Midlands."