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Thursday, 25 April 2013, 6 p.m., Edinburgh
If the Answer’s Gas, Then the Question Must be CCS

David Clarke, CEO, Energy Technologies Institute

Sponsorship is provided by and Scottish Oil Club (Students).Wood Mackenzie,

This event occurred on: Thursday, 25 April 2013, 6 p.m.


Funding for student participation from member universities provided by Scottish Oil Club.



With unconventional gas being brought on-stream in North America and increasing questions over the financing of major energy infrastructure projects such as new nuclear build, the UK, and Scotland, in common with many other countries, are faced with major strategic questions about the direction, financing and technology choices they make for their future energy systems.

As the hype builds around a possible new ‘dash for gas’ the need for CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage) to capture and store the long term emissions from new plant increases. But CCS is still unproven – both as a technology system and as a business. This increasing need coupled with major uncertainty is why the ETI is investing over £60m into developing and demonstrating solutions to these issues.

This presentation and discussion will look at the future energy system options and pathways available to the UK using the latest outputs from ETI’s major technology projects and the ETI’s national energy system modelling and strategic planning work, focusing on the critical role North Sea resources will play in keeping options open for a secure, affordable and sustainable energy base for the UK out to 2050.


David Clarke joined the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) as Chief Executive Officer in January 2008 from his previous role as Head of Technology Strategy at Rolls-Royce plc. He leads this industry / government partnership evaluating and demonstrating low carbon energy systems and technologies covering power, heat, transport and supporting infrastructure, in line with the strategic needs of the UK’s future energy system.

He has been involved in collaborative research and development of advanced technologies for over 20 years.  At Rolls-Royce he led a range of technology groups including their Advanced Materials development activities and the corporate Strategic Research Centre.

He is a member of the UK Energy Research Partnership and the steering Board for the SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre in Wales.  He has been a member of the EPSRC Council and the North West Science Council and the DECC Cost Reduction Task Forces on Offshore Wind and Carbon Capture and Storage.

David is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, The Institute of Materials, Metals and Mining, The Energy Institute and a Chartered Engineer.

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