Carbon Capture Usage & Storage Specialist - DIT
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Carbon Capture Usage & Storage (Export Potential) Specialist (Energy: Renewable) - Department of Trade & Industry
Contract Length: 2-3 Months
As set out in the Clean Growth Strategy, Government is committed to meeting its ambition of deploying Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) at scale during the 2030s, subject to cost coming down sufficiently. Most least-cost de-carbonization pathways for both the UK and the world involve CCUS. Whilst CCUS is a developed, proven technology and there are projects running in several places around the world, it has yet to be demonstrated on a commercial scale. This is important as a significant part of the benefits of CCUS are the cost-savings that can be achieved when the technology is deployed widely.
Given the global market for CCUS is relatively undeveloped, the UK sees an opportunity to become a world leader and in doing so capture a share of the future market as it matures. This work will enhance Government’s understanding of the potential benefits that accrue to the UK and businesses, academics and innovators across the UK in doing so.
This role is an exciting opportunity to make your mark on the CCUS industry, at a time where there is real global momentum around developing this technology. As a key part of this project, you will be undertaking important research that will heavily influence the UK stance on the CCUS industry.
The focus of this role will be to develop the evidence base and produce estimates for the potential size of the global market for CCUS technologies, identify and articulate the UK’s strengths in CCUS and estimate the potential UK share of the global market by 2030 and 2050. It is expected that the output of this work would be a bottom-up model that allows for assumptions to be flexed and different scenarios to be developed, as well as a report that sets out findings and is ready for publication should the Department decide to publish.
The successful candidate will work closely with the CCUS policy and Clean Electricity Analysis teams in BEIS and the renewable energy team in DIT. Expected activities are as follows:
- A compilation of plausible global CCUS deployment scenarios (e.g. IEA, IPCC, Shell’s Sky scenario), drawing on published sources as far as possible.
- A summary of the current state of the UK CCUS industry with analysis of its strengths and weaknesses relative to the global market.
- Development of potential routes for the UK to capture a share of the future global market broken down by CCUS technologies and sectors, based on UK strengths
- Development of a methodology for estimating the size of the global CCUS market (£ billion), its growth potential and the share that the UK could capture; with varying assumptions around the strength of UK CCUS, global demand for CCUS and the potential impact of efficiency gains
- Implementation of quality assurance processes underpinning the methodology and final products
- Provision of estimates of the potential value of exports of the UK CCUS industry by 2025, 2030, 2035, 2040 and 2050 (in £ billions of goods and services) across a range of scenarios
- Development of a technical annex that details the economic benefits that could be achieved by a strong domestic CCUS industry for both industry and power covering: total GVA impact and GVA per worker; labour intensity; salaries across the CCUS industry; and impacts on the supply chain
Skills and Experience
We are looking for an exceptional individual (or individuals) who ideally:
- Has detailed knowledge of different CCUS technologies, the production processes involved, understanding of the challenges for deployment and likely future deployment scenarios as well as associated costs
- Has a background in the CCUS industry with specialist knowledge on the international market, key players and future potential as well as the UK’s role within it
- Has experience in the quantitative analysis of CCUS technologies
- Is knowledgeable on reliable sources that can provide data to populate the model
- Has experience of value for money analysis and model development
- Has experience of analysing and working with CCUS policy and technology issues within the energy sector i.e. business, industry, RD&D agency, government
- Is an excellent team player, has good communications skills and a proactive approach
The contract will be for a period of 2-3 months with milestones to be agreed with teams in BEIS and DIT as the project progresses. Final outputs should deliver no later than end of February 2019.
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