News and Events

Latest News

Alan James of Pale Blue Dot (left) with UK Energy Minister Claire Perry and Scotland's Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse at the Accelerating CCUS Conference

UK Energy Minister Claire Perry and Scotland’s Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse tested their carbon storage skills in a game of skittles at an international conference held in Edinburgh last week.

The “CO2 Storage Skittle Challenge” was developed by Pale Blue Dot to attract delegates at the global Accelerating CCUS conference to the Acorn CCS Project stand. Each of the nine skittles represented 10 million tonnes of CO2 stored, which competitors had to try and topple in three shots.

The playful display underlined the more serious message that the full-chain Acorn project will, through delivery of a UK carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) cluster, contribute significantly to clean growth and climate action.

Delegates also heard how the ACT Acorn research consortium, funded by the EU’s Accelerating CCS Technologies Programme (ACT), is contributing to moving the wider project towards completion by the 2020s.

This ambition was boosted by the announcement during the conference that the UK Government, along with Scottish Government and industry partners, will match funding for Acorn’s infrastructure development through the European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facilities.

Photo: Toby Phillips /

Latest Event

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 11:00 to 12:00 (12 - 1pm CEST)


The ACT Acorn Consortium has held its first webinar, Acorn 2025: a pathway to decarbonising the UK, which introduced the Acorn project as a “look back” from the year 2025.

The Acorn CCS project is a full-chain industrial carbon capture and storage (CCS) project being developed in north east Scotland. The linked ACT Acorn project is an international research collaboration co-funded by BEIS and the European Commission, and outputs are an important contribution to the development of Acorn.

From the webinar's future perspective, our speakers showcased results from the ACT Acorn study, focusing on the growth of an integrated CCS network from an initial capture plant at St Fergus, which now handles CO2 from a variety of sources – including CO2 from the local production of hydrogen and imported from other countries.

Our audience heard from several members of the consortium, who addressed different areas of the study, from the technical details of construction and initial CO2 injection into the storage site to public perception as well as the policy and regulatory issues the project faced.

The speakers assessed the importance of this early research in reaching significant project milestones in the UK and pointed to Acorn’s vital role as one of several major success stories from the UK and Scottish Government’s respective clean growth and energy strategies.

Our Speakers

  • Chair: Kirsty Lynch, Pale Blue Dot Energy
  • Alan James, Pale Blue Dot Energy
  • Juan Alcalde, University of Aberdeen
  • Leslie Mabon, Robert Gordon University
  • Marko Maver, Bellona Foundation


ACT Acorn is funded by the Accelerating CCS technologies (ACT) co-fund of ERA-NET under the Horizon 2020 programme. ACT comprises nine countries and the European Commission, and our project has received funding from BEIS (UK), RCN (Norway) and RVO (The Netherlands).