How will Europe’s industries make the shift to a low-carbon economy without losing out in a global marketplace? We visited the scientists at the University of Sheffield, who are working to scale up carbon capture technologies while bringing down their cost: one of the goals of the ALIGN-CCUS project.
Teamwork is an important part of ALIGN-CCUS, which is supported by Europe’s ERA-NET ACT fund. Results from the team at Sheffield’s UK Pilot-scale Advanced Capture Technology Facilities (PACT) will feed into a set of “blueprints” being developed by another part of the project for six clusters of industrial activity in Europe; helping them to become economically robust low-carbon centres by 2025.
Dr Karen Finney, a researcher in the University of Sheffield’s Energy 2050 Group and one of the PACT team, said: “It's really exciting to see the work that we do here being utilised by the other [ALIGN-CCUS] partners, and also look at how the work that we do, the results that we get, can be scaled up and used in the other plants that are being used for this project.”