News and Events

November 2018
As reported in June this year, Cellula Robotics Ltd are designing and building the tool for the STEMM-CCS release experiment which will place a curved pipe into the seabed. Watch the animation below, produced by Cellula to see how this will work.     Once the curved pipe is in place... more
November 2018
The latest STEMM-CCS expedition to the Scanner Pockmark in the North Sea, aboard the RV Maria S. Merian, returned to Edinburgh on 25th October having had a short but successful cruise. Operating in the North Sea in October can be challenging due to the weather experienced at this time of the year... more
October 2018
GHGT-14 is now in full swing in Melbourne. Head over to the STEMM-CCS twitter account for the latest updates: https://twitter.com/STEMM_CCS_EU In front of the STEMM-CCS stand below are the STEMM-CCS participants who have made the long trip to Melbourne together with the the Programme Manager from... more
October 2018
Our latest newsletter contains a preview of next year's main experimental cruise which will involve two research vessels operating at the same location and news on two other STEMM-CCS research cruises (one past, one present). There's an insight into some of the engineering challenges STEMM-CCS are... more
October 2018
STEMM-CCS are going to be in Melbourne at the GHGT-14 meeting from 21-26 October 2018. In addition to eleven oral and poster presentations from STEMM-CCS project members, we also have a stand in the main exhibition hall highlighting the projects aims and objectives, sharing some early results and... more
October 2018
The RV Maria S. Merian set sail from Edinburgh on Tuesday evening (16th October) on the latest STEMM-CCS expedition. The short expedition to the Scanner Pockmark area in the North Sea aims to obtain sediment core samples from the Scanner Pockmark using the British Geological Survey’s Rock Drill 2... more
September 2018
The seabed lander which was deployed in October 2017 (see previous article) has been on the seafloor at the experiment site collecting environmental baseline data. To enable us to access some of the data while the lander is still on the seafloor, it was built with some data pods that were designed... more
August 2018
STEMM-CCS researchers will be presenting the latest progress on many aspects of work within the project at the forthcoming GHGT-14 meeting in Melbourne, Australia in October 2018. The biennial GHGT (Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies) conference series is the principal international conference on... more
August 2018
STEMM-CCS scientists are once again heading to the Goldeneye site in the North Sea to continue baseline studies, prior to the main controlled CO2 release experiment cruises in 2019. Led by Prof. Eric Achterberg aboard the German research ship RV Poseidon, they will depart from Kiel on Wednesday... more
August 2018
We are very pleased to announce that Shell, one of our STEMM-CCS Partners, will once again be hosting a STEMM-CCS project meeting. Having hosted the STEMM-CCS kick off meeting at the Shell Centre in London in March 2016, the Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam will be the venue for the 3rd Annual... more
June 2018
Read all about measuring CO2 bubbles in the ocean and using turbulence to detect CO2 emissions as well as how lab on a chip technology is developed in the latest STEMM-CCS newsletter. There's also a review of the 2nd annual meeting, plans for GHGT-14 in Melbourne, Australia and news of upcoming... more
June 2018
One of the big objectives of the STEMM-CCS project is the 2019 controlled CO2 release experiment which will be used to test the effectiveness of our developed sensors, technologies and techniques (e.g. chemical, acoustic etc) in the detection and quantification of CO2. Cellula Robotics Ltd, based... more
May 2018
Three of our STEMM-CCS researchers attended the 3rd International Workshop on Offshore Geologic CO2 Storage held at the beginning of May. The meeting was held in Oslo, hosted by the Research Council of Norway. Left to right, Maribel García-Ibáñez, Marius Dewar and Anna Oleynik present their... more
May 2018
The cover story on the latest (Mar-Apr 2018) issue of the Carbon Capture Journal is all about the STEMM-CCS project. The three-page article written by one of our project members, Kelvin Boot, gives the background and aims of the project as well as an overview of some of the work done so far. For... more
March 2018
Half time: STEMM-CCS researchers gather for second annual meeting On 14-16 March 2018, some 50+ researchers from across the STEMM-CCS partnership gathered in Castelldefels on the NE Spanish coast to share results and discuss progress on the project to date. Now at the half-way point in the project... more
March 2018
Ben Callow, a postgraduate researcher working on the STEMM-CCS project at the University of Southampton has published a paper which assesses the potential of basalt rock for CO2 storage via the formation of carbonate minerals. The work was carried out in conjunction with the CarbFix project, which... more
November 2017
Read about all the work that has taken place on three STEMM-CCS research cruises that sailed over the summer, tracers for CO2, the STEMM-CCS lander and some of the papers that have been published by members of the project. Download here. 
October 2017
After a successful first leg (despite the weather confining the ship to the Moray Firth for several days), the second leg of the RV Poseidon cruise, led by GEOMAR, set sail from Bremerhaven. On 16th October, the seabed lander was deployed on the seafloor via acoustic release. Interrogation via... more
October 2017
The first leg of the latest STEMM-CCS related cruise set sail from Bremerhaven on 27th September aboard the RV Poseidon. After conducting a harbour trial of GEOMAR’s remotely operated vehicle PHOCA the previous day, they headed out into the North Sea where they started hydroacoustic surveys of some... more
September 2017
STEMM-CCS have released their first set of science briefs, designed to provide concise, easy to understand guides to various aspects of Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage and the STEMM-CCS project. There are five briefs including an introduction to CCS, storage reservoirs, how to establish... more
August 2017
STEMM-CCS scientists have published two peer reviewed papers over the summer. Guttorm Alendal from the University of Bergen has published ‘Cost efficient environmental survey paths for detecting continuous tracer discharges’ which uses Bayes’ theorem and modelling to suggest strategies for... more
July 2017
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel have a vacancy for a Geochemistry Post-Doc position in the field of marine carbon capture and storage. The position is available for a funding period until February 29th 2020 (end of project). Closing date for applications is 31st August 2017. For... more
May 2017
The German research vessel Maria S. Merian has departed for the first cruise of the STEMM-CCS project. The R/V Maria S. Merian left on Saturday 29th April from Empress dock outside the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton heading for the Southern Viking Graben. The first leg of the cruise... more
May 2017
Read about the latest events and developments in the STEMM-CCS Spring 2017 newsletter which is available for download here.
March 2017
The STEMM-CCS project held their first annual meeting from 14-16th March 2017 in Kiel, Germany. The meeting was hosted by GEOMAR, one of the STEMM-CCS partners and took place at the Kunsthalle zu Kiel (Art Gallery). Fifty scientists including PhD students and early career postdocs, and members... more
March 2017
Guttorm Alendal from the University of Bergen is presenting a poster at the CLIMIT Summit 2017 being held in Norway on 7-8 March. CLIMIT is Norway’s national programme for research, development and demonstration of CO2 capture and storage technology (CCS). Although the focus of this meeting will... more
February 2017
The University of Bergen have a vacancy for a postdoctoral fellow to work on the STEMM-CCS project. The position is in applied and computational mathematics/statistics at the Department of Mathematics and is for a period of 3 years. Deadline for applications is 28th March 2017 For... more
November 2016
This November (22–25), a group of 28 STEMM-CCS scientists travelled to the beautiful town of Olhão, a few kilometres south of Faro in Portugal. The purpose of the trip was to participate in the Work Package 2 workshop; “Sampling design for baseline data acquisition”. The aim of the workshop was to... more
November 2016
Workpackage 3 will focus on “chimney structures” (vertical anomalies in seismic data through an otherwise undisturbed layered seabed, explained here in our partner project) that are believed to be the result of hydro-fracturing and fluid migration. The objective is to study these chimneys with... more
October 2016
A three year research fellow position working on acoustic methods for the monitoring of marine carbon capture and storage (CCS) facilities as part of the STEMM-CCS project is now open for applications. The position will be based in the Acoustics Group at the Institute of Sound and Vibration... more
October 2016
STEMM-CCS welcomes three new people in post-doctoral positions at the University of Bergen, Uni Research and Southampton University.  Maribel Garcia-Ibáñez joins us from Spain and will work on the determination of spatial and temporal variability of chemical, physical and biological... more
September 2016
‘Lowest Cost Decarbonisation for the UK: The Critical Role of CCS’ is the title of the report released this week from the UK Parliamentary Advisory Group on CCS led by Lord Oxburgh. Six main recommendations include establishing a new company to deliver full-chain CCS, incentivising... more
September 2016
The STEMM-CCS project brochure gives some background information about Carbon Capture and Storage, what the STEMM-CCS project aims to achieve and how we will accomplish this. It is now available for download here.
May 2016
The University of Bergen have a vacancy for a research fellow (PhD position) within applied and computational mathematics/statistics in the Department of Mathematics working on the ‘Bayesian Monitoring Designe (BayMoDe)&rqsuo; project. The project will work closely with the STEMM-CCS project.... more
May 2016
The University of Bergen have a vacancy for a postdoctoral fellow in applied and computational mathematics/statistics within the Department of Mathematics working on the STEMM-CCS project. The position is for a period of 3 years and 3 months. Deadline for applications is 12th June 2016 For more... more
May 2016
Guttorm Alendal from the University of Bergen gave a presentation at a SUCCESS workshop on 27 April, to inform them about the STEMM-CCS project. SUCCESS (Subsurface CO2 storage – Critial Elements and Superior Strategy) is a centre for environment-friendly energy research (CEER) in Norway (funded... more
May 2016
A report resulting from a UK CO2 storage appraisal study was issued by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) today. SCCS released the following statement in response to the report. New study of UK’s CO2 storage asset confirms massive opportunity for affordable climate action Last month, the... more
April 2016
Hear the STEMM-CCS coordinator, Dr Doug Connelly talking about the project on BBC Radio 4’s Inside Science program with Dr Adam Rutherford. Link to programme (item starts at  ~12min 30sec)
April 2016
The official STEMM-CCS project kick off meeting took place on 6–7 April 2016. It was hosted by one of our partners, Shell, at the Shell Centre, London, UK. Representatives from all Partners attended the meeting to discuss plans for the coming months including fieldwork and cruises. In addition... more
March 2016
STEMM-CCS released the following announcement to the press today to coincide with the official start date of the project. Project to improve risk assessment and monitoring of offshore Carbon Capture and Storage sites The world’s first ‘real world’ deep-water controlled experiment simulating... more
February 2016
STEMM-CCS Work Package 2 Meeting 1–2 March 2016