Science, circus and smiles at CCS fun day

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The Apex Church hall in Peterhead was transformed into acombined science lab, gaming arcade and performance studio last Monday, as Shell brought carbon capture and storage (CCS) to life as part of Peterhead Scottish Week.

The family-focused event, which was hosted by Shell’s Peterhead CCS team in conjunction with the Global CCS Institute and supported by GeoBus, featured fun experiments, a CCS pinball machine, a bike challenge and some fun circus activities with local group Theatre Modo.

The event was attended by 125 people and for those with an interest in learning more about the Peterhead CCS project itself – which would be the world’s first project of this scale on a gas-fired power station – team members were on hand to offer explanations and answer questions.

Families moved around the various experiment stalls, each one demonstrating an element of the process of capturing, transporting and storing CO2.

Adults and children alike relished the opportunity to compete on the CCS pinball challenge, and the competitive spirit continued as visitors pedalled furiously to generate energy on the static

The hall was decorated with impressive artwork by the Primary 7 pupils from local schools, who had entered the Peterhead CCS Poster Competition earlier in the summer.

The Peterhead CCS team are running another family-friendly event in August – a coastal walk which will take participants on a 2.5 km journey through the geological history of the Goldeneye reservoir – where CO2 from the Peterhead CCS project will be stored – with an array of fun activities to bring the rocks’ 145 million-year history to life.

The event takes place along the coastal pathway in Boddam on Saturday, August 15, as part of the Energetica Walking and Wildlife Festival.

Booking for the walk is essential; email