Sustainable Gas Institute researchers contribute their expertise to a range of projects and programmes to examine aspects of decarbonising energy systems - across the academic and commercial sectors.
IDRIC Unintended Consequences
We're running one of 20 UK projects awarded as part of IDRIC's £6m Wave 2 funding package to decarbonise the UK's Industrial sectors.
Our project: “Unintended consequences? Life cycle comparison of UK industrial decarbonisation pathways” will investigate decarbonised scenarios for some of the UK’s most significant heavy industrial supply chains (cement, chemical and steel manufacture) and apply Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) allowing us to identify and quantify potential pollution sources. This could be anything from indirect GHG emissions from using hydrogen to replace natural gas to more intensive water use, or even by-product pollution from new industrial processes.
Research lead: Dr Jasmin Cooper
Hydrogen Integration for Accelerated Energy Transitions (Hi-ACT) Programme
The SGI is leading on Work Package 2: Whole System Understanding for the EPSRC’s Hydrogen Integration for Accelerated Energy Transitions (Hi-ACT) Programme.
WP2 will push the boundaries of whole systems methodologies, improving hydrogen and alternative liquid fuels (HALF) characterisation in whole-system modelling tools, and exploring emergent new perspectives on the energy transition. This will include those related to ensuring resilience and security alongside achieving net-zero, as well as contrasting the energy transition delivered by real incentives/behaviour versus those projected by widely used optimisation models.
Led by Prof. Sara Walker at Newcastle University, the long-term mission of Hi-ACT is to conduct multidisciplinary, qualitative, and quantitative research that will identify and map the complex relationships, interdependences, risks, expectations and needs of energy citizens and stakeholders. In doing so, the aim is to provide open and informed scrutiny of hydrogen integration, to unlock new insights to hydrogen pathways, and to protect national energy resilience.