Minister Simon Birmingham opens new carbon storage laboratory at Australian National University, Canberra
On Monday 7 November CO2CRC officially opened a new carbon storage research laboratory at the Australian National University (ANU).
The Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham unveiled the plaque and declared “What we see here is innovative research being undertaken by world-class researchers, working hand in hand with business to come up with solutions, hopefully, that can give Australia a leading-edge advantage in helping the rest of the world deal with emissions challenges.”
The ANU laboratory is part of the Australian CCS Research Laboratories Network (CCSNet). It is funded through a $5.04 million agreement between the Australian Government’s Education Investment Fund and CO2CRC Limited.
Guests and the media listened to speeches which included CO2CRC CEO, Tania Constable, CO2CRC Chairman, Martin Ferguson, CO2CRC Director, Mick Buffier, and the ANU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Brian Schmidt.
Afterwards, the laboratory’s scientific lead, Associate Professor Adrian Sheppard, conducted guided tours of the world class facility. Guests were impressed with the new state-of-the-art equipment, particularly the X-ray microscopes which scientists can use to observe carbon dioxide being trapped in aquifer rocks.