TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory to Build UK’s First CCUS Flow Measurement Traceability Facility in Scotland
TÜV SÜD National Engineering has secured Government funding to build the UK’s first gaseous carbon dioxide (CO2) flow measurement facility to provide meter traceability for Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) deployment.
Providing flow testing for gaseous CO2 meters to traceable national standards, the facility will be located in East Kilbride, Glasgow. Funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), through the National Measurement System mechanism, the facility will support UK targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 68 per cent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, and achieve net zero by 2050.
Gabriele Chinello, Head of CCUS, TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory said: “CCUS is a critical part of the overall solutions toolbox that will help reduce global CO2 emissions. With a growing need and demand for CCUS technology deployment, measurement traceability is key for regulatory compliance, as well as for a widespread and equitable CCUS trading system, including government subsidies. It must therefore be directly linked to national physical standards, as much of hydrocarbon production measurement already is. This facility will support the deployment of CCUS across the UK and beyond to meet net-zero targets.”
Organisations such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the UK’s Committee on Climate Change acknowledged that CCUS is a necessity, not an option, to meet net-zero targets. Apart from off-setting the direct end-use of fossil fuels and decarbonising difficult to abate industrial sectors, CCUS is also required to produce ‘blue-hydrogen’ through steam methane reforming, as well as to provide negative carbon dioxide emissions.
TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory is the UK Designated Institute for Flow Measurement, under contract from BEIS, and part of the UK’s National Measurement System.