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Minister Turns Miner to See Cosmic Solution to Carbon Challenge

Energy Minister Michael Fallon today descended into STFC’s Boulby Underground Laboratory – the UK’s deep underground multi-disciplinary science facility housed in Britain’s deepest mine – to witness a key milestone in the search for solutions to the problem of carbon emissions.

Mr Fallon visited cutting-edge particle detectors that are being developed to determine the quantity and distribution of rock structures overhead (the overburden) from deep underground. This capability could remove a big barrier to the introduction of Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) technology by making it possible to monitor carbon dioxide (CO2) fed into depleted oil and gas fields and so ensure it is being stored securely.

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