Working with other academic research institutions, industry and business partners as part of international collaborations, our projects are actively contributing to the vital work needed to decarbonise and sustainable power our world.

Laser Imaging of Turbine Engine Combustion Species (LITECS)

Our researchers join a team led by the University of Strathclyde on an £8 million research programme which aims ultimately to reduce the environmental impact of aviation and power generating gas turbine engines (GTEs).

The programme aims to deliver transformational combustion measurement and modelling tools to enable the development of low emission engine designs and the evaluation of new low emission fuels, reducing negative environmental impacts from jet engines.

Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, part of UK Research and Innovation, and industry, the consortium, made up of the universities of Strathclyde, Edinburgh, Manchester, Southampton, Loughborough and Sheffield, builds on the achievements of a previous £2.8m programme which used newly-developed laser techniques to demonstrate, for the first time, 2D imaging of carbon dioxide in the exhaust plume of a full-scale commercial gas turbine aero-engine.

HYDESS

The HYDESS (Hydrogen for the Decarbonisation of Sheffield Steel) project seeks to decarbonise steel manufacturing sites across Sheffield. The projects features partners from E.ON UK,  The University of Sheffield – Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), Glass Futures, Sheffield Forgemasters, Chesterfield Special Cylinders and other large-scale industry partners from across Sheffield.

The HYDESS consortium was awarded funding from the Department for Energy Security & Net Zero (formerly Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy) under the NZIP Industrial Hydrogen Accelerator Programme to investigate the feasibility of producing green hydrogen to displace natural gas in steelmaking.

During the early stages of the project, the researchers found there is a strong desire from steelmakers and other industries to find a cleaner alternative to natural gas in industrial processes. Switching steelmaking to being fuelled by hydrogen could be commercially viable, the project found, and sustainable over the longer term. It could maintain the performance and product quality for manufacturers with carbon emissions 41.8 per cent lower than if using natural gas.

The project has now been awarded £1 million of further funding from the UK government – one of only two projects to receive such funding – to explore the commercial and engineering needs of generating, transporting and using hydrogen, as well as developing the commercial offer to industrial customers. If that is successful, the next stage will be a technical pilot project at the Blackburn Meadows site, with potential for future expansion if the project is taken forward to a full commercial demonstration.

FOCUSS

FOCUSS – Flexibly Operated Capture using Solvent Storage – aims to reduce the cost of achieving high capture levels from flexible power stations – a key tool in decarbonisation efforts. Key research activity for the project will take place at the University of Sheffield’s Translational Energy Research Centre.

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) awarded grant funding of £515,000 to the FOCUSS project, which is led by SSE Thermal and supported by AECOM and the University of Sheffield, with the US-based National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC) also involved in the collaboration.

BEIS awarded the grant as part of its Carbon Capture Usage and Storage Innovation 2.0 competition, which aims to accelerate development of next-generation CCUS technology in the UK so that it can deploy at scale by 2030.

The primary objective of FOCUSS is to build on advances already known to reduce residual CO2 emissions from carbon capture and allow consistent capture levels of between 95 and 99 per cent to be achieved. Testing will take place at the University of Sheffield’s Translational Energy Research Centre.

UKCCSRC Projects

The Translational Energy Research Centre works closely with the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC) which is currently hosted at the University of Sheffield. There are several major overarching projects which began when TERC was in its previous iteration, PACT, which have the aim of developing understanding and technology for carbon capture, utilsations and storage.

The overall goal for the next phase of the UKCCSRC project is to help ensure that CCS will play an effective role in reducing net CO2 emissions while securing affordable and controllable electricity supplies, low carbon heat and competitive industries for the UK.

TERC will continue to provide a platform to support and catalyse academic R&D (with and without industrial collaborators) in order to accelerate the development and commercialisation of novel technologies for carbon capture and clean power generation and industrial sector. The focus of TERC during this phase will be on establishing pilot-scale second/third generation CO2 capture facilities to add to the capabilities of the centre and to support academia and industry to develop and demonstrate their novel technologies.

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