The vision of the Cleaner Fossil Energy and CCS research programme is to be central to accelerating the development of the next generation of more efficient CO2 capture, CO2 compression/purification processes and to expand the range of cleaner technologies for coal, biomass and waste utilization.
It maps directly onto the UK Government’s strategy of developing cheaper, reliable and yet flexible decarbonised power. The internationally recognized programme encompasses advanced combustion, biomass co-firing & gasification, carbon capture technologies, CO2 transport and the control of combustion-generated pollutants and research into energy materials under severe operating conditions.
Research within Fossil Energy & CCS are multi-disciplinary spanning the physical sciences (chemistry and mathematics), engineering (chemical & environmental, mechanical engineering and materials) and the social sciences building upon many of Nottingham’s recent and current research project portfolio.
A broad range of research projects related to the conventional power generation, energy materials and carbon capture technologies are being carried out at Nottingham, particularly within the EPSRC Engineering Doctoral Centre in Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies (EngD EFET) and Carbon Capture Technologies and the new EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in CCS and Cleaner Fossil Energy, with the support of various grants worth over £20m from Research Councils, the EU and industry including power generators (e.g. E.ON, SSE, RWE) and manufacturers (e.g. Alstom, Doosan Power Systems, and Air Products).