Low Carbon Energy and Resources Technologies Research Group


The Fossil Energy and Carbon Capture Technologies Research Group have the following project areas: 

  • Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Combustion and Cleaner Coal Technologies
  • Biomass Thermochemical Conversion and Utilisation
  • High Temperature Materials
  • Environmental and oil/gas exploration
  • Fossil Energy
Below is a list of all the projects the group is involved with.
The group has six main project areas with a current grant portfolio of £20m.

Carbon Capture and Storage

  • The next generation of Activated Carbon Adsorbents for the Pre-Combustion Capture of CO2
  • Effective Adsorbents for Establishing Solids looping as a Next Generation Natural Gas (NG) Post Combustion Capture (PCC) Technology
  • CO2 Post-Combustion Capture using Amine Impregnated Synthetic Zeolites

Combustion and Cleaner Coal Technologies

    • Driving Ultra-Supercritical (USC) Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB) Power Plants to Better Fuel Flexibility and Higher Efficiencies
    • Experimental Investigation and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling of oxy-coal combustion on Pilot-scale Advanced Capture Technology (PACT) facility with real flue gas and vent gas recycling
    • Flexible and Efficient Power Plant
  • Coal Combustion
  • Coal weathering study to predict oxidation, improve coke properties and protect coke oven operation
  • Developing uses of alternative raw materials in coke making

Biomass Thermochemical Conversion & Utilisation

  • Rural Hybrid Energy Enterprise Systems (RHEES)
  • Origin of molecular mobility during biomass pyrolysis as revealed by in-situ 1H NMR analysis
  • Comparison of Rice Husk and Wheat Straw: From Slow and Fast Pyrolysis to Char Combustion
  • Impact of biomass on char burn-out under air and oxy-fuel conditions
  • Impact of CO2 on biomass pyrolysis, nitrogen partitioning and char combustion in a drop tube furnace
  • Simulation on gasification of forestry residues in fluidized beds by Eulerian–Lagrangian approach
  • Impact of solvent type and condition on biomass liquefaction to produce heavy oils in high yield with low oxygen contents
  • High conversions of mischanthus to bio-oil using sub- and supercritical water above 400oC

High Temperature Materials

  • Fireside corrosion degradation of 15Mo3, T22, T23 & T91 in simulated coal-biomass co-fired environment
  • Comparison Between Oxidation of Fe-Cr-Al Sputter Coatings in Air and Air-HCl environments at 550 °C
  • Fireside corrosion degradation of HVOF sprayed FeCrAl at 700- 800°C

Environmental and oil/gas exploration

  • Assessment of hydropyrolysis as a method for the quantification of black carbon using standard reference materials
  • The efficiency of charcoal decontamination for radiocarbon dating by three pre-treatments - ABOX, ABA and hypy
  • High-pressure liquid water pyrolysis of coal to investigate maturation and hydrocarbon generation in geological basins
  • A hydrous pyrolysis study to ascertain how gas yields and the extent of maturation for a partially matured source rock and bitumen in isolation compare to their whole source rock
  • Quantifying 12/13CH4 migration and fate following sub-surface release to an agricultural soil
  • High pressure water pyrolysis of coal to evaluate the role of pressure on hydrocarbon generation and source rock maturation at high maturities under geological conditions
  • Geochemistry and petrology of Palaeocene coals from Spitzbergen–Part 1: oil potential and depositional environment
  • Geochemistry and petrology of palaeocene coals from Spitzbergen–Part 2: maturity variations and implications for local and regional burial models



Low Carbon Energy and Resources Technologies

Energy Technologies Building
The University of Nottingham
Jubilee Campus, NG7 2TU

telephone: +44 (0) 115 84 68661