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Our Current Projects


RCCS Research is cross-disciplinary bringing together engineers, chemists, physicists, mathematicians, bio-scientists and geologists. The Centre collaborates and is supported by industries, international energy policy advisors, government organisations, regional development agencies, national and international universities and research centres. RCCS have numerous collaborations with Zhejiang University, National Taiwan University and Hong-Kong University. Our industrial collaborators/sponsors over the years include Krohne, China Huaneng Group, CPI, Future Blends Ltd, Lu'An Ltd, Johnson Matthey, Tees Valley Unlimited, Air Products, MCM, PSE, Osprey, Torftech, Costain, Shell, Caterpillar, E.ON, Rolls-Royce, Interconnector, ENEL, etc The Centre has contributed and is currently active in a large number of collaborative research and development programmes, as outlined below.

Low carbon jet fuel through integration of novel technologies for co-valorisation of CO2 and biomass

Utilisation
CO2
Capture

Title
Low carbon jet fuel through integration of novel technologies for co-valorisation of CO2 and biomass
Description
Our project aims to produce low carbon synthetic aviation jet fuel using renewable energy from waste agricultural and forestry biomass and captured CO2. An integrated chemistry and engineering approach will be implemented towards high selective and efficient jet fuel production.
Funder
EPSRC
Grant
£1,800,517
Duration
January 2016- December 2019

Solar fuels via engineering innovation

Utilisation
CO2
Capture

Title
Solar fuels via engineering innovation
Description
Our vision is to engineer novel photoreactors that can achieve efficient hydrocarbon conversion and separation from CO2 for solar fuel production. This will be achieved via an integrated approach between chemical engineers and chemists to intensify the process of CO2 photoreduction through reactor innovation, and thus, provide alternative future energy options.
Funder
EPSRC - Challenging Engineering & Senior RAEng Fellow Programme
Grant
£1,179,790
Duration
March 2013- August 2018

Next Generation Green Data Centres for Environmental and Business Sustainability

Green Tech

Title
Next Generation Green Data Centres for Environmental and Business Sustainability
Description
Next Generation Green Data Centre proposed for this industrially driven collaboration will innovatively integrate novel Malaysian and UK green energy and cooling technologies to reduce energy consumption by 50%, improving energy security andreducing emissions. The project will create a replicable and commercially viable approach to sustainable computing for reconciling urbanisation with environmental risk and climate change globally.
Funder
Innovate UK
Grant
£2.5m
Duration
October 2016 – April 2019

MILEPOST-Microscale Processes Governing Global Sustainability

Utilisation
CO2
Reaction Engineering

Title
MILEPOST-Microscale Processes Governing Global Sustainability
Description
We combine expertise and integrating ground-breaking work in: (i) additive manufacturing to produce three dimensional replicas of porous structures; (ii) tools to embed sensors to determine in-vivo propagation of fronts (pressure, temperature, pH) within complex structures; and (iii) novel high-fidelity in-silico pore models coupling relative permeability functions and critical saturations with compositional changes and validated using virtual reality tools. The ERC MILEPOST project will transform our ability to analyse and predict the behaviour of a wide range of pore-scale processes governing the macroscopic behaviour of complex subsurface systems and open up new horizons for science in other areas, e.g porosity controlled in polymers and bioprinting.
Funder
European Research Council(ERC)
Grant
€3m
Duration
September 2016– August 2021

Novel adsorbents applied to integrated energy-efficient industrial CO2 capture

Green Tech

Title
Novel adsorbents applied to integrated energy-efficient industrial CO2 capture
Description
This project aims to realise our vision of integrating novel hydrotalcite solid sorbents with advanced heat integration processes for industrial CO2 capture. We will research novel methodologies to enhance and tailor performance of hydrotalcites for CO2 capture over a wide range of conditions needed in industrial processes. We will also address the challenge of designing a suitable process that combines the roles of heat management (heat recovery for desorption) and mass transfer (ad- and desorption) across a range of process conditions (temperature, pressure, humidity, gas constituents) with a degree of flexibility that is economically and technically viable..
Funder
EPSRC
Grant
£1m
Duration
September 2016 – August 2019

PROMOTEE: Functional porous carbon materials derived from coal tar for energy and environmental applications

Utilisation
CO2
Reaction Engineering

Title
PROMOTEE: Functional porous carbon materials derived from coal tar for energy and environmental applications
Description
PROMOTEE has been created as a complex European project aiming at the development of novel porous carbon materials for energy and environmental applications using low value coal-derived liquids as the carbon precursors. The objectives includes: • To maximize the use of coal-derived liquids as novel carbon material precursors with a view to their revalorization • To synthesize ordered mesoporous carbons via hard-templating from creosotes and rejects • To produce new carbon gels via sol-gel routes from phenolic oils • To understand the effect of coal tar-derived liquids on the characteristics of the carbon materials • To evaluate the performance of these new carbon materials in energy and environmental applications • To assess the feasibility of industrial applications of the porous carbons and compare them with commercial carbons
Funder
EU-Research Fund for Coal & Steel (RFCS)
Grant
€2.2m
Duration
October 2016 – March 2020

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Critical Resource Catalysis - CRITICAT

Utilisation
CO2
Capture

Title
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Critical Resource Catalysis - CRITICAT
Description
Our critical mass in critical resource catalysis will accelerate training, discovery, understanding, and exploitation within catalytic chemistry. We will focus our efforts on the future of catalysis, driving new advances for environmentally sustainable economic growth and underpinning current growth in the UK chemicals sector.
Funder
EPSRC-CDT
Grant
£4,324,694
Duration
April 2014– September 2022

CO2TRIP: Long-term research activities in the area of advanced CO2 capture technologies for clean coal energy

Green Tech

Title
CO2TRIP: Long-term research activities in the area of advanced CO2 capture technologies for clean coal energy
Description
The CO2TRIP project will last four years and it will be coordinated by the Czestochowa University of Technology, Poland with participation universities from Germany, United Kingdom, China, Japan, USA, and Australia. The duration of this project will be four years. The proposal will provide the necessary skills development through joint work both on a laboratory and pilot scale. Common interests all partners of CO2TRIP Consortium in advanced energy generation technologies with CO2 capture are very complementary. The main aims is to strengthen research partnerships through staff exchanges and networking activities between Partners.
Funder
FP7- Marie Curie Actions IRSES
Grant
€ 300k
Duration
January 2014 – December 2018

Textile Waste Disposal through Thermo-chemical processing

Utilisation
CO2
Reaction Engineering

Title
Textile Waste Disposal through Thermo-chemical processing
Description
Funder
Textile Future Forum
Grant
£100k
Duration
May 2016 – April 2017

Biomass Gasification with High Temperature CO2 Capture

Utilisation
CO2
Reaction Engineering

Title
Biomass Gasification with High Temperature CO2 Capture
Description
This project aims to construct and test a novel integrated GHTC system able to convert biomass wastes from a variety of industries (e.g. breweries, farms etc.) into carbon neutral renewable energy and added value products. The overall output of the project will be the evaluation of the technical and economic feasibility of the integrated system to move the technology from TRL 3-4 to TRL 4. The deliverable from the project will be a portable biomass/coal pyro-gasification system with integrated adsorption CO2 capture system. Key features will include in-situ conversion of CO2 to solid carbonates, a better flexibility of operation, high heat recovery efficiency, facility to transport/install worldwide and easy to maintain compared to typical large scale biomass pyro-gasification and CCS technologies.
Funder
Innovate UK-EPSRC
Grant
£200k
Duration
October 2016 – September 2017

RDC2MT: Research, Demonstration And Commercialisation Of DC Microgrid Technologies

Utilisation
CO2
Reaction Engineering

Title
RDC2MT: Research, Demonstration And Commercialisation Of DC Microgrid Technologies
Description
RDC2MT will be the catalyst to enable the synergy and strong links among the major research and innovation investments that will allow the individual research projects to expand even further. This will be done by dealing with a unique set of challenges across multi-scales, going from fuel cell electrochemistry at molecular scale to microgrid optimizations at system level, through coherent multidisciplinary, inter-sectoral and international collaborations. It will enable knowledge transfer and sharing between project partners, establish long term collaborations, and maximize research impacts.
Funder
EU H2020
Grant
€ 300k
Duration
January 2017 – December 2020

CO2 injection and storage - Short and long-term behavior at different spatial scales


Title
CO2 injection and storage - Short and long-term behavior at different spatial scales
Description
Although CO2 has been injected into petroleum reservoirs for over 50 years to improve oil recovery, there are still many uncertainties that must be addressed before governments will commit to the level of CCS that is needed to have a significant impact on CO2 emissions. This project addresses the gaps in our current knowledge in this field through an integrated laboratory and numerical modelling approach.
Funder
EPSRC
Grant
£1.2m
Duration
November 2013 – February 2017

Past Projects


  • Selective photocatalytic conversion of CO2 to olefins: a feasibility study
  • Performance of meters with dense phase CO2 and CCS Recovery Streams
  • Coriolis Metering Technology (COMET)
  • Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Philip Leverhulme Prize
  • Carbon Capture and Storage by Mineralisation
  • Materials for Next Generation CO2 Transport Systems (MATTRAN)
  • Carbon dioxide conversion into valuable chemicals and fuels
  • Novel compressors for carbon dioxide
  • MERCURYCAP: High capacity sorbents and optimization of existing pollution control technologies for mercury capture in industrial combustion systems
  • Mercury oxidation by fly ash constituents and flue gases and its optimization for the development of mercury control technologies
  • ABETRAP: Abatement of emission of trace pollutants by FGD from co-combustion and environmental characteristics of by-products.

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