$48.4m lab launch
A $48.4 million research facility was launched in Kensington this month as part of efforts to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from large-scale industry.
The facility, called the National Geosequestration Laboratory, is designed to lead Australia’s research into the development of carbon capture and storage.
The development of the centre was a joint project between the CSIRO, the University of WA and Curtin University.
Federal Minister for Industry and Science, Ian Macfarlane and WA Minister for Mines and Petroleum Bill Marmion were on hand to open the facility.
Both politicians spoke to a gathering of scientists, business leaders and others, telling the audience the centre had the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and export the technology worldwide.
The process of carbon storage involves the capture and deep geological storage in the ground of carbon dioxide from industrial sources that would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere.