Cranfield University is part of a European-wide research collaboration geared towards designing a quick and effective simulation model for carbon capture technology.
The four-year £500,000 project involves more than 21 countries and will seek to standardise the technological approach to Capture, Utilisation, and Storage (CCUS) - saving companies time when estimating the cost of their plans to address carbon emissions.
Measuring the effectiveness of carbon capture methods
Dr Dawid Hanak is Associate Professor in Energy and Process Engineering at Cranfield University and is the UK representative on the project.
“There are a whole range of companies around the UK focused on carbon capture but each one will use a different method to calculate the cost of such a plan, and how much energy would be needed to achieve it.
“We want to streamline this process and make it as fast as possible.
“The project will standardise how we assess carbon capture technologies and design a database of existing models and designs so people can access it rather than starting from scratch.”
The move to a central method for Capture, Utilisation, and Storage (CCUS) calculations is timely as currently the UK only has demonstration level carbon capture plants.
Dr Hanak has experience of working within the carbon capture industry and says a lack of a standardised method can mean companies spend up to nine months designing and building models. Using a database to do this would shorten this time greatly.
Other UK partners on the project include Heriot Watt and Cambridge universities, with more expected to join.