Our energy technology laboratory (ETL) is one of the best-equipped pilot scale energy facilities in the UK, helping us to address the needs of the energy and process industries.

Opened by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in November 2012, the laboratory is used to carry out basic and applied research in the fields of energy conversion, carbon capture and transport, and to train our MSc and research students. We also are proud to work with a number of partners and clients including Alstom Power, Siemens Power Generation, Rolls-Royce, Doosan Babcock, European Commission, Energy Technology Institute (ETI), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), National Grid, RWE Npower, EON, Technology Strategy Board (TSB), Caterpillar, EDF Energy and smaller companies through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

Summary of applications

The pilot-scale facilities, including pressurised steam rig (for corrosion studies), chemical looping rig (for CO2 capture), CO2 membrane rig (advanced CO2 capture techniques in gas-fired power plants), CFBC/G, CO2 transport rig and gas engines to study the clean energy conversion in fossil and biofuels and study capture and transportation of CO2 from these systems. The facility helps us to address the needs of the energy and process industries.

For example, the CO2 membrane rig has been developed for the Gas-FACTS project, funded and led by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), which is looking to develop the Gas-Future Advanced Capture Technology options for gas-fired power plants.

Using the facility

These facilities have been developed under different industrial and energy research funding including, EPSRC, UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), Technology Strategy Board (TSB), Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) etc. The facilities are mainly part of UK PACT facilities and can be used by all research institution in the UK.