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The Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre

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For more information about IDRIC projects at Imperial College London, contact Professor Anna Korre, IDRIC Research Co-Director.

The decarbonisation of industrial clusters is of critical importance to the UK's ambitions of cutting greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. The Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC) brings together academics from across the UK to conduct high-impact multidisciplinary research in support of the UK Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge, which aims to create the world’s first net-zero emissions industrial cluster by 2040 and four low-carbon clusters by 2030. IDRIC's strategic objectives are to:

  • accelerate challenge-led research through transformative innovation;
  • develop leadership by nurturing talent, building capacity and mapping skills;
  • co-create and share knowledge by stimulating cross-learning, active networks and outreach;
  • support policy and mission advocacy by providing evidence to policy makers and the public.

IDRIC at Imperial College London

Professor Anna Korre, Co-Director of Energy Futures Lab, Imperial's energy institute, and Professor of Environmental Engineering at the Department of Earth Science and Engineering, is IDRIC's Research Co-Director and is leading Imperial College London's involvement in the Centre. Imperial academics will lead a range of IDRIC projects on topics including carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS), CO2 transport and storage networks, and the use of hydrogen. Find out more about these projects by clicking on their titles below.

IDRIC projects at Imperial

Development of an open-source toolkit to design and evaluate the performance of low carbon infrastructure for industrial clusters

This project will develop an open-source toolkit to allow stakeholders to evaluate the performance of different technology and infrastructure options in terms of techno-economics and decarbonisation potential and establish their role within the design of alternative/optimal industrial decarbonisation infrastructure options at cluster level. The tool will also aid decision makers in understanding the cluster needs, and how these may be connected, allowing for the planning of nationally relevant infrastructure.

Principal Investigator: Professor Nilay Shah (Department of Chemical Engineering)

Co-Investigators: Professor Anna Korre (Department of Earth Science and Engineering); Dr Mijndert van der Spek (Herriot Watt University)

Thermodynamic Models for Application in Industrial Decarbonisation

The project will provide new and improved routes to modelling properties and processes involving hydrogen within the area of industrial decarbonisation. It will do this by providing quality-assured parameter sets that will work with existing software to unlock improved thermodynamic modelling. This will enable a reduced uncertainty in the design of CCUS and other decarbonisation process involving hydrogen.

Principal Investigator: Professor J. P. Martin Trusler (Department of Chemical Engineering)

Engagement with Case Studies: Dr Jon Maddy (University of South Wales)

Advanced multitemporal modelling and optimisation of CO2 Transport and Storage Networks

This project aims to develop a multitemporal integrated assessment model to support the planning and design of large-scale, flexible CO2 transport and storage networks. Fast proxy geological storage capacity forecasting tools will be developed, tested and demonstrated, and these will be coupled with Imperial’s transport and storage network optimisation model to allow industrial clusters to evaluate the performance of CCUS network options.

Principal Investigator: Professor Anna Korre (Department of Earth Science and Engineering)

Co-Investigator: Professor Sevket Durucan (Department of Earth Science and Engineering)

Ammonia and hydrogen use for industrial heat and power generation (Part II)

This project aims to de-risk transition and deployment of zero-carbon fuels (ZCFs) by supporting designers and operators of heat and power plants through measurements (for CFD model development and validation), demonstration and life cycle assessment. The project will quantify the ignitability and extinction characteristics of ZCF fuel blends and evaluate the consequences for the operability of internal combustion engines and gas turbines.

Principal Investigators: Professor Yannis Hardalupas and Professor Alex Taylor (Department of Mechanical Engineering)

Electrolysis for green hydrogen and co-produced chemicals at scale

This project focusses on the development of lower cost and scalable electrolyser technology, based around both low and high temperature electrolysers, along with the co-production of other chemicals to improve the process economics. The project will improve understanding of the potential for electrolysis to contribute to the decarbonisation of industrial clusters and provide new insight into the potential for co-generation of chemicals. 

Principal Investigator: Professor Nigel Brandon (Department of Earth Science and Engineering)

Co-Investigator: Professor Anthony Kucernak (Department of Chemistry)

Solid Oxide Electrolysis for CO2 Utilisation

This project aims to demonstrate the applicability of solid oxide electrolysis (SOE) to utilise CO2 from industrial processes in the production of chemicals and fuels. New materials for COelectrolysis will be developed and modelling studies will be conducted to investigate effective modular SOE systems. The project will enable the implementation of a new facility at the University of St Andrews to conduct high temperature and pressure testing of electrolysis type systems. 

Principal Investigator: Professor John TS Irvine (University of St Andrews)

Co-Investigators: Professor Nigel Brandon (Faculty of Engineering); Dr Gerry Agnew (University of St Andrews)