University signs Shanghai agreement for carbon capture research

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29 Oct 2014 11:13:15.913

The University of Nottingham has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Shanghai Advanced Research Institute (SARI) to jointly undertake groundbreaking research into carbon capture.

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The work with SARI will focus on the development of solid adsorbent technologies for CO2 capture. It will be led by The University of Nottingham’s Professor Colin Snape, Director of the Engineering Doctorate Centre in Carbon Capture Technologies, and his team, in conjunction with experts at SARI.

Innovative new solutions
The research will combine the know-how of experts from Nottingham and Shanghai, who will jointly develop intellectual property in order to create innovative new solutions and apply for international funding to support their ideas.

Speaking about the new agreement with SARI, Professor Chris Rudd, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at The University of Nottingham, said: “This memorandum of understanding marks the start of an exciting new collaboration between our University and SARI. We will be bringing together some of the best minds in the world, who are leading experts in this field. I am confident that many new innovations will be developed as a result of this partnership.”

Helping to prevent global warming
Associate President of SARI, Mr. Wang Maohua, added: “SARI is delighted to be signing this historic agreement with The University of Nottingham which will further strengthen our links with each other and will firmly establish our two institutions as leaders in the study of carbon capture and storage.

"Developing new technologies for capturing and storing carbon dioxide is vitally important for the world in our efforts to prevent global warming.”

An informal relationship between Nottingham and SARI goes back five years, as the two institutions have been working on joint EPSRC-National Science Foundation (NSF) China projects on new materials for CO2 capture. 

Reducing costs of C02 capture
These projects have made significant advances in ways of reducing the costs associated with CO2 capture from power plants and have formed the basis for Nottingham and SARI to work together to take these advances forward. 

The collaboration between the two institutions was further strengthened by the appointment earlier this year of Colin Snape as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, based at SARI.

The signing in Shanghai was witnessed by Vice President of SARI Prof. Sun Yuhan and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham Professor Sir David Greenaway.

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with campuses in China and Malaysia modelled on a headquarters that is among the most attractive in Britain’ (Times Good University Guide 2014). It is also the most popular university in the UK among graduate employers, one of the world’s greenest universities, and winner of the Times Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development’. It is ranked in the World’s Top 75 universities by the QS World University Rankings

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