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PSE Launches gCCS – World’s First Full-Chain Modelling Software for CCS

London-based Process Systems Enterprise (PSE), the Advanced Process Modelling Company, today officially launched its gCCS systems modelling environment for full-chain carbon capture and storage (CCS) applications.

PSE with Energy Secretary Ed Davey at the annual Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) recep ...

PSE with Energy Secretary Ed Davey at the annual Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) reception at the House of Lords (Photo: Business Wire)

Speaking at today’s annual Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) reception at the House of Lords, Energy Secretary Ed Davey referred to gCCS saying “This project is a great example of a UK company creating new jobs and seizing opportunities in the emerging and exciting CCS sector. The UK is a CCS world leader and we want to continue building a strong and successful industry which helps us to fight climate change in a cost-effective way.”

gCCS is the world’s first modelling software to be specifically designed for full CCS chains – from power generation through CO2 capture, compression and transport to injection. Implemented in PSE’s gPROMS advanced process modelling platform, it uses sophisticated models to predict how the CCS chain’s components will interact under different scenarios.

The first commercial deployment of gCCS in the UK is in the Peterhead CCS Project, where it will be used to investigate the flexibility of the operation of the capture process when integrated within the full system.

gCCS is the commercially-supported product of a £3m Energy Technologies Institute-funded project established to support the future design, operation and roll-out of cost effective CCS systems in the UK. The project involved E.ON, EDF, Rolls-Royce, CO2DeepStore, PSE and E4tech.

Andrew Green, ETI’s CCS Programme Manager, said “We commissioned the project to improve understanding of the technological and economic potential of CCS by simulating the operation of all aspects of the CCS chain, managing trade-offs and mitigating risks. The results more than met our expectations”.

Dr Robin Irons of E.ON’s CCS Innovation Centre, one of the initiators of the project, adds: “We saw an urgent need for tools that enable us to look at the whole CCS system simultaneously, so that we can answer questions and make decisions based on accurate numbers”.

Alfredo Ramos, head of PSE’s Power & CCS business, added: “gCCS’s ability to address the complex interactions in CCS systems has been consistently proven during its extensive validation and testing by over 20 industrial and research organisations in Europe, US and Korea.”

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