Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC)

Lead Research Organisation: Heriot-Watt University
Department Name: Sch of Engineering and Physical Science

Abstract

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 UK Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge (IDC) of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) aims to establish the world's first net-zero carbon industrial cluster by 2040 and at least one low-carbon cluster by 2030.

The Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC) has been formed to support this Challenge through funding a multidisciplinary research and innovation centre, which currently does not exist at the scale, to accelerate decarbonisation of industrial clusters.

IDRIC works with academia, industry, government and other stakeholders to deliver the multidisciplinary research and innovation agenda needed to decarbonise the UK's industrial clusters. IDRIC's research and innovation programme is delivered through a range of activities that enable industry-led, multidisciplinary research in cross-cutting areas of technology, policy, economics and regulation.

IDRIC connects and empowers the UK industrial decarbonisation community to deliver an impactful innovation hub for industrial decarbonisation. The establishment of IDRIC as the "one stop shop" for research and innovation, as well as knowledge exchange, regulation, policy and key skills will be beneficial across the industry sectors and clusters.
In summary, IDRIC will connect stakeholders, inspire and deliver innovation and maximise impact to help the UK industrial clusters to grow our existing energy intensive industrial sectors, and to attract new, advanced manufacturing industries of the future.

Organisations

People

ORCID iD

M Mercedes Maroto-Valer (Principal Investigator)
Patrick Devine-Wright (Co-Investigator)
Yulong Ding (Co-Investigator)
Frank Willem Geels (Co-Investigator)
John Irvine (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8394-3359
Janie Ling Chin (Co-Investigator)
Benjamin Sovacool (Co-Investigator)
Joseph Mark Howe (Co-Investigator)
Alan Guwy (Co-Investigator)
Jonathan Radcliffe (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7671-6265
Nicholas Pidgeon (Co-Investigator)
Mohamed Pourkashanian (Co-Investigator)
Yannis Hardalupas (Co-Investigator)
John Andresen (Co-Investigator)
Mijndert Willem Van Der Spek (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3365-2289
David Worsley (Co-Investigator)
Peter Taylor (Co-Investigator)
Susana Garcia Lopez (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3713-311X
Edward Hough (Co-Investigator)
Nigel Peter Brandon (Co-Investigator)
John Paul Martin Trusler (Co-Investigator)
Phil Renforth (Co-Investigator)
Damon Andrew Teagle (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4416-8409
Maxine Carole Akhurst (Co-Investigator)
Philip Bowen (Co-Investigator)
Gail Taylor (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8470-6390
Jon Maddy (Co-Investigator)
Clair Gough (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5063-9425
Anthony Paul Roskilly (Co-Investigator)
Marcelle Claire McManus (Co-Investigator)
Anna Korre (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1981-0866
Andrew Ross Barron (Co-Investigator)
Dimitrios Christopoulos (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7367-1129
N Dawood (Co-Investigator)
Heather Jane McGregor (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3873-1007
Neil Strachan (Co-Investigator)
Jonathan Mark Pearce (Co-Investigator)
Sevket Durucan (Co-Investigator)
Nilay Shah (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8906-6844
Lindsay-Marie Armstrong (Co-Investigator)
Matthew Frank Lockwood (Co-Investigator)

Publications

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Description Appointed member of BEIS Hydrogen Advisory Council
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/hydrogen-advisory-council
 
Description Evaluation of the BEIS Hydrogen Supply programme
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Evidence to Environmental Audit Committee, United Kingdom Parliament
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description IDRIC Response to the Scottish Government's Draft Hydrogen Action Plan
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Member of BEIS Hydrogen Advisory Council - Standards and Regulation
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Policy brief - Accelerating Industrial Decarbonisation through CCUS
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Representing UK at the International Energy Agency (IEA) TCP on Combustion
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Biomanufacturing with carbon capture and utilisation: A Zero Carbon Loss System
Amount £1,385,107 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/W018969/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2022 
End 02/2025
 
Description Advising BEIS and The Crown Estate 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact IDRIC Project 039 PI (Maxine Akhurst) met with BEIS (CCUS) and The Crown Estate in November 2021 to advise on current improvement and update activities for the UK national CO2 storage database, CO2Stored. They raised awareness and considerable interest in the CO2Stored updates supported by IDRIC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Appearance on BBC Midlands Today 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Jonathan Radcliff (Project 77) was interviewed on BBC Midlands Today. The interview took place ahead of COP26 and was about the emissions from the Midlands region and how those had changed over time. A focus was how emissions from industry partly reflected changes in manufacturing in the UK. The interview improved visibility of emissions from industry and the work in the Black Country.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Blog - IDRIC's reflections on COP26 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer and other members of the IDRIC central team attended COP26. During the summit, the IDRIC-team discussed with a range of stakeholders how a systems approach can speed up the journey to net zero, minimising the costs and risks involved of technological solutions, and increasing its economic and societal benefits. This blog post 'Driving the transition to Net Zero - can technology do it alone? IDRIC's reflections on COP-26 and our post-COP agenda' reflects on the key debates and engagements IDRIC was involved in during COP-26 and summarises the key take-away messages for innovation and collaboration going forward.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://idric.org/driving-the-transition-to-net-zero-can-technology-do-it-alone/
 
Description Chair debate at COP26 - Decreasing CO2 in the atmosphere: solutions from technology and nature 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact As part of the UK Universities' Climate Innovation Showcase, Prof. Maroto-Valer chaired a debate on whether nature or technology provides the best solution for carbon sequestration. This debate with geologists, industry and rewilding experts revealed the diversity and also complementarity of nature-based and technological solutions - and that we need to expand our efforts across nature and technology based solutions to meet the scale of the emissions reductions required.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Chaired session at the Learned Society of Wales Early Career Researchers Conference on the Climate Emergency and Social Inequality 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Project 43 (Professor Karen Henwood) Chaired a session "Energy Systems: New Technologies and Approaches" at the Learned Society of Wales Early Career Researchers Conference on the Climate Emergency and Social Inequality. This enabled cross generational engagement with ECRs across Wales
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.learnedsociety.wales/lsw-event/the-climate-emergency-and-social-inequality-responses-fro...
 
Description Engagement with South Wales Industrial Cluster (SWIC) and Welsh Government 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Engagement between the South Wales Industrial Cluster (SWIC) and Welsh Government takes place monthly via formal meetings . A presentation was given during the October monthly meeting to outline the Phase 1 IDRIC projects and specifically highlight projects being conducted by research groups in Wales and those of immediate relevance to the South Wales Industrial Cluster (and the Wales portion of the North West Cluster). This meeting included Welsh Government officials from the industry and energy teams as well as regional teams. Presentation of the Advanced Water Gas shift approach (IDRIC project 23 - PI Jon Maddy) was included and this dialogue helped to identify the potential and regional/national consequences of the approach adopted.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Exhibition at "Climate Science Showcase" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Project 44 (PI John Andresen) contributed to the "Climate Science Showcase" on 6th November 2021 at Dynamic Earth (Edinburgh) where they showcased their project to the general public. That day more than 1400 visitors were welcomed through the Dynamic Earth building doors, making this event one of the biggest public engagement event in the year.

A video was posted on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czfdiHIXooM&t=2s
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czfdiHIXooM&t=2s
 
Description Feature in Energy in Buildings and Industry Online Magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mercedes Maroto-Valer was featured in "Energy in Buildings and Industry", talking about the time-sensitive targets that are encouraging us to seek innovative ways to improve processes and push boundaries in industrial decarbonisation. The article "Balancing competition and collaboration" highlighted the joined-up approach IDRIC is taking and how it could be replicated elsewhere. Energy in Buildings and Industry has an ABC audited circulation of 12,175 (Jan-Dec 2019)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://eibi.co.uk/article/balancing-competition-and-collaboration/
 
Description Heriot Watt news article on launch of IDRIC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A news article published on Heriot Watt's website highlighting the launch of IDRIC and describing how the centre will work closely with the UK's major industrial clusters to address the challenges of industrial decarbonisation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.hw.ac.uk/news/articles/2021/a-new-state-of-the-art-research-and.htm
 
Description IDRIC Industrial Decarbonisation Policy Forum - Part 2 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Following on from the IDRIC Policy Forum and Prioritisation Workshop, the Industrial Decarbonisation Policy Forum broadened policy discussions to include key trade organisations and policymakers from central and devolved governments. Using the discussion paper produced following the previous workshop, this policy forum identified areas of common interest between IDRIC and participating organisations, and on that basis explore opportunities for collaboration and coordination of activity, with discussion informed by ongoing policy development in government departments. There was representation from policy makers, industry trade bodies, other relevant organisations in climate change. For example, attendees included UK government (BEIS) and devolved administrations (Scottish and Welsh Governments), UKRI, the Climate Change Committee, sector trade organisations (incl. Hydrogen UK, the NW Hydrogen Alliance, Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Association, Engineering Construction Industry Training Board, Carbon Capture and Storage Association, Make UK), IDRIC academic and industry partners from across UK industrial clusters. The event demonstrated IDRIC's strong convening power and its key role in facilitating dialogue on industrial decarbonisation policy across stakeholders, evidenced by a) multiple bi-lateral connections created, both with IDRIC and amongst other attending stakeholders during the event; b) highly positive feedback from multiple participants about the benefit of this forum, interest in follow-up events and engagement opportunities, as well as many suggestions for additional stakeholders and contacts we should include in future engagements.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description IDRIC Policy Forum and Prioritisation Workshop - Part 1 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The workshop brought together close partners from academia and industry to identify and discuss policy priorities for industrial decarbonisation, to ensure that IDRIC policy team's delivery is targeted to addressing the needs and policy priorities for industrial decarbonisation across UK industrial clusters. From this workshop, a discussion paper was produced summarising IDRIC's areas of policy focus, and which formed the basis for a second iteration of the Policy Forum, held in March. 7. The discussions achieved a broad consensus around key policy priorities for industrial decarbonisation amongst our partners, and clearly demonstrated the need for collaboration across clusters for advancing effective policy solutions. IDRIC's key role in facilitating collaboration and dialogue across clusters was recognised in participants' feedback and eagerness to attend the follow-up event, where the discussion paper setting out IDRIC's policy agenda based on these discussions was then welcomed and endorsed. The event also led to a range of bilateral connections between partners to follow up on specific policy challenges.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description IDRIC Stakeholder Engagement Webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A webinar was held to mark the launch of IDRIC and engage all our stakeholder including industry (both multinational and SMEs), researchers, local authorities and BEIS. The webinar allowed us to re-engage with stakeholder we had not connected with in sometime, meaning they are now encouraged to contribute more fully to IDRIC's mission. We have noted greater engagement from stakeholder since the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Invitation to speak - North East of England Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC), Innovation Special Interest Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Maroto-Valer was invited to speak about the work and research of IDRIC at NEPIC's Innovation Special Interest Group. This group aims to allow members to share best practice and to learn about new innovations from supply chain companies, Universities and Research Technology Organisations. The presentation led to new stakeholder becoming involved with IDRIC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Invited Panelist - UK at Expo Conference 2022, Dubai 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The UK participated in the World Expo in Dubai, from 1 October 2021 - 31 March 2022, with our participation theme as 'How will we Live?- Do we have enough resources to live in 2050'. Professor Maroto-Valer participated in the panel on 17th January 2022.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Invited Speaker - SHFCA 2021 Conference - Scaling up Hydrogen for Net Zero 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Korre delivered a presentation 'Realising the role of hydrogen to decarbonise industrial clusters' at the Scottish Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association annual conference. The Scottish Government's Hydrogen Policy Statement of December 2020 set a target for 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production in Scotland by 2030, and the conference aimed to highlight the importance of partnerships and taking a whole energy system approach to help deliver Scotland's 2030 targets.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL http://www.shfca.org.uk/otherevents/2021/10/13/shfca2021-scaling-up-hydrogen
 
Description Invited Speaker - SPE Virtual Workshop: Hydrogen's Role in Fuelling the Energy¬†Transition 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor John Andresen (Project 55) was invited to speak at SPE's Virtual Workshop: Hydrogen's Role in Fuelling the Energy Transition. Throughout this workshop, the merits of blue hydrogen and how the sector can champion this market through technology development and deployment were discussed. Professor Andresen spoke on the topic of 'Academic Diversification: Equipping the Next Generation of Energy Engineers'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Invited Speaker - COP26: National Grid Global Youth Engineering Climate Conference (GYECC 21) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Professor Maroto-Valer was invited to speak at the National Grid Global Youth Engineering Climate Conference. This event - aimed at those early in their career - shared best practice evidence of reliable, economic, ultra-low and zero carbon grids already in operation around the world.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Invited Speaker - Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA Technical Working Group) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer was invited to promote the work of IDRIC at the the Carbon Capture and Storage Association's (CCSA) Technical Working Group. The CCSA is the trade association promoting the commercial deployment of Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage and so IDRIC's research is of direct relevance to them. CCSA have become much more heavily involved with IDRIC's activities as a result of this engagement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Invited Speaker - Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) Technical Working Group - update 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer was invited to give an update on the work of IDRIC at the the Carbon Capture and Storage Association's (CCSA) Technical Working Group. This followed on from an initial presentation to the working group in June 2021. The CCSA is the trade association promoting the commercial deployment of Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage and so IDRIC's research is of direct relevance to them. Plans have been made to continue working with the CCSA.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Invited Speaker - Decarbonising Cities conference, hosted by the British Embassy Berne and Swisspower 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Maroto-Valer was invited to speak in the 'Emerging Technologies' session of the Decarbonising Cities conference. The session highlighted how emerging technologies can be game-changers for the UK's and Swiss ambition to become carbon neutral by 2050.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://decarbonisingcities.ch/
 
Description Invited Speaker - Energy Institute - Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Maroto-Valer was invited to give an overview of IDRIC's progress at the Energy Institute's Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee. This has led to continued engagement with members of the advisory committee.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Invited Speaker - Industrial Decarbonisation in Brazil Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The State of Minas Gerais is a heavily industrialised region in Brazil and recently signed an MoU with the UK government to collaborate on decarbonisation and energy transition as part of COP26. The state is looking to incentivise the growth of innovate technologies which can reduce emissions of large industry and have taken an interest in the UKRI industrial decarbonisation challenge. professor Maroto-Valer was invited speak about IDRIC, giving an overview of the programme, sharing best practices, key findings and levers to overcome the industrial decarbonisation challenge.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Invited Speaker - Institute of Civil Engineers; Engineering Climate Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer was invited to speak on "Transition of Industrial Clusters to Net-Zero" at the Engineering Climate Conference run by Engineering Scotland, ICE Scotland and IET Scotland. The aim of the event was to highlight how engineering can improve the environment, with Professor Maroto-Valer giving particular insight into the research and development of innovative approaches to energy provision.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.engineeringscotland.org/event/engineering-climate-conference/
 
Description Invited Speaker - KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Professor Maroto-Valer delivered a presentation 'Accelerating industrial decarbonisation post COP26 through collaboration and innovation' at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. This led to continued engagement with participants of the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Invited Speaker - Race to Zero Summer Showcase, Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Professor Maroto-Valer was invited as plenary speaker to deliver a talk on "Accelerating the decarbonisaiton of industrial clusters for a green recovery" at the Race to Zero Summer Showcase, hosted by the Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies. The overall aim of the event was to explore how science and technology can help governments and businesses across the globe in their Race to Zero
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Invited Speaker - The Road to COP26; The Roadmap to Hydrogen - UK and Italy strategies in the race to Net Zero; UK Department for International Trade and Science and Innovation Network 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Maroto-Valer delivered a presentation 'Realising the role of hydrogen to decarbonise industrial clusters' at the The Road to COP26; The Roadmap to Hydrogen: UK and Italy strategies in the race to Net Zero event, hosted by UK Department for International Trade and Science and Innovation Network. The event offered a kick-off platform to compare the two countries' strategies and identify synergies. The presentation led to new stakeholder becoming involved with IDRIC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Invited Speaker at UK Emissions Trading Group (ETS working Group) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer was invited to speak at the UK Emissions Trading Group (ETS working Group).The ETG offers a forum for discussion and resolution of all aspects of emissions trading and enables communication to take place between industry and the UK Government, contributing to Government thinking at a formative stage of policy development.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Invited lecture at National Heat Transfer Committee and Centre for Energy Efficient and Sustainable Technologies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Invited lecture delivered by Project 33 (Yannos Hardalupas) on "Decarbonized combustion: research needs for zero pollution" at the UK National Heat Transfer Committee and Centre for Energy Efficient and Sustainable Technologies of Brunel University London, 7 October 2021, Webinar. It covered the way that zero carbon fuels can contribute to the transition to zero carbon emissions and identified the research needs in order to achieve this task.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Invited speaker - AIRTO Special Interest Group - Net Zero 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact AIRTO is the Association for Innovation, Research and Technology Organisations, the foremost membership body for organisations operating in the UK's innovation, research and technology sector. They invited Professor Maroto-Valer to speak about the work of IDRIC at their Net Zero working group. The talk led to valuable new connections with UKNNL, NWBLT and the Met Office Board. UKNNL (UK National Nuclear Laboratory) in particular are interested in providing funding to IDRIC for industrial decarbonisation research in the nuclear space.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Invited speaker - CBI Conference Series: Road to Net-Zero 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Prof Mercedes Maroto-Valer was invited to speak at the CBI Conference Series: Road to Net-Zero event. The event explored how organisations can help drive the net-zero transition, and how the latest plans from government can deliver a green recovery from the pandemic. Prof Maroto-Valer took part in a panel discussion "Shaping the UK's net-zero strategy" alongside speakers from industry and BEIS.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.cbi.org.uk/events/conference-series-road-to-net-zero-2021/
 
Description Invited speaker - CCUS 21 Conference, hosted by CCSA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Maroto-Valer delivered the presentation 'Introduction to IDRIC: Delivering solutions to accelerate the decarbonisation of industrial clusters' at CCUS 2021: Leading on net zero and clean growth. The conference brought together a range of delegates from across the CCUS sector, including policymakers, industry representatives, CCUS developers, technology providers, local authorities and others. The presentation has led to engagement with new stakeholder.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ccsassociation.org/events/save-the-date-ccus-2021-conference-12th-14th-october-2021/
 
Description Invited speaker - EI Energy Policy Debate: Development of Low Carbon Industrial Clusters in the UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Maroto-Valer was invited to speak at the EI Energy Policy Debate: Development of Low Carbon Industrial Clusters in the UK, which examined the development of the low carbon industrial clusters and their potential to not only reduce carbon but also to create economic growth and employment for the local region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.energyinst.org/whats-on/search/events-and-training?meta_eventId=62106C
 
Description Invited speaker at SNZR (Scottish Net Zero Roadmap) Consortium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Maroto-Valer delivered a presentation highlighting the work of IDRIC and how it can support and feed into the Scottish Net Zero Roadmap. This has increased our stakeholder reach with attendees becoming more closely involved with IDRIC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description LinkedIn Article - Cardiff University Gas Turbine Research Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Article published by Project 40 (PI - Steve Morris) discussing "Does meeting the #netzero2050 targets mean accepting reduced fuel performance?" and their work helping to identify and resolve problems with utilising net-zero fuels including hydrogen, ammonia, bio derived and synthetic fuels.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Podcast - Net Zero Technology Centre - Transition Talks 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Maroto-Valer stared in a 45 minute podcast 'Transition Talks - Industrial Decarbonisation with Mercedes Maroto- Valer, IDRIC'. The Net Zero Technology Centre support the oil and gas industry to develop and deploy technology to accelerate the transition to an affordable net zero North Sea. In the podcast they explored industrial decarbonisation and the key technological solutions needed to decarbonise industry from a UK and global perspective. The podcast allowed IDRIC to reach a wider audience than it otherwise would have done.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Podcast - The path to net zero: Climate Fight 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Maroto-Valer featured in the Podcast series 'Climate Fight', which was funded by UKRI in the run-up to COP 26. In this episode she discussed why technologies such as carbon capture and storage and blue hydrogen are needed. The podcast allowed IDRIC to reach an audience outside their usual stakeholder group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Presentation at COP26 - Technology Driving Transition Summit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Prof. Maroto-Valer discussed the most recent advances in decarbonising energy systems and industries with 10 other world leading research centres from the UK, US, Canada, Brazil, Australia and Netherlands. The discussions at the Technology Driven Transition Summit clearly showed that many technology solutions have already been developed and can be deployed at scale. Besides an unprecedented expansion of renewable electricity, in particular from off-shore wind, major advances have taken place in the production and use of low-carbon fuels like hydrogen and biofuels. The discussion led to new stakeholder becoming involved with IDRIC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Presentation at SEG COP26 Seminar Series 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Project MIP 2.4 (Co-I Abigail Martin) presented "Just Transitions: the Governance and Institutional Gaps in the UK" at the SEG COP26 Seminar Series on 9-Nov-2021. This disseminated the group's research on just transition policy initiatives in other countries, which may shed light on UK approaches to develop just transition policies and programs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.sussex.ac.uk/broadcast/read/56804
 
Description Presentation at Scientific Advice for Policy in Europe (SAPEA) webinar. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Project 43 (Professor Nick Pidgeon) presented "Transitioning to new energy systems" at the Scientific Advice for Policy in Europe (SAPEA) webinar, contributing to scientific debate on energy transition for Europe
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.sapea.info/events/transitioning-to-new-energy-systems-what-impact-will-it-have-on-societ...
 
Description Presentation to Conservative Party Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Project 97 (M. Pourkashanian) gave a talk "Jet Zero: is it sustainable?" at the Conservative Party Conference. The meeting was organised by the University of Sheffield to discuss the role of sustainable aviation fuel on decarbonisation of aviation industry. The meeting included contribution from CEO of manufacturing catapult and Boeing. It enabled direct communication with policy makers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Presentation to UK Canada Hydrogen Week 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Project 23 (PI _John Maddy) presented on "Reducing CO2 emissions with improved hydrogen recovery processes" at an online presentation, given as part of the UK Canada Hydrogen Week to policy makers, industrialists and researchers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Presentation to Welsh Government at Wales Climate Week 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Project 27 (PI - Alan Guwy) presented project VFA Factory for Decarbonisation to members of the Welsh Government at Wales Climate Week
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://freshwater.eventscase.com/EN/COPCymru21/Programme
 
Description Project presentation at Net Zero Wales launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact During the launch of the Welsh Net Zero policies held at SPECIFIC IKC, IDRIC Project 42 (PI - Jonathon Elvins) presented their project, along with a materials demo. The thermochemical storage concept and harvesting of waste heat from industry was presented to the Welsh First Minister and the Welsh Minister for Climate Change and brief discussions held on the concept viability. This sparked interest from Welsh Government leads.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Showcase at Grow Tees Valley Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Project 46 (Ruben Pinedo-Cuenca) showcased work at the Grow Tees Valley Conference. The event was designed to help local businesses access the expertise, market opportunities, support and finance they need to grow. Through the event the team established new contacts to discuss the project and data requirements.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.growteesvalley.co.uk/grow-tees-valley-conference#:~:text=Taking%20place%20at%20the%20Riv...
 
Description Showcase at NEPIC's Meet the Members conference & exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Project 68 (Dr Ruben Pinedo-Cuenca) showcased their work at NEPIC's annual Meet the Members conference & exhibition, allowing the team to liaise with local and national industry . New contacts were established to discuss the project and data requirements.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Showcase of project to TATA Steel senior management 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Project 27 (PI - Alan Guwy) has been visited twice by TATA's senior management. The team showcased their pilot plant and their research project "Volatile Fatty Acid Factory for Decarbonisation". Consequently TATA steel has shown an interest in continuing their collaborations with the team, which has resulted in a number of follow on meetings to discuss ways in which the research can be facilitated, accelerated and also developed to higher TRL levels.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Teesside Cluster Plan - Industrial Advisory Group Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact At the meeting, Project 58 (PI - Dr Janie Ling-Chin) was presented to the advisory group. The project status and activity, relevant funding streams, related projects and opportunities, innovation, common interests and challenges were updated and discussed, together with technical presentations from a Cluster Plan industrial members. The most significant outcome was establishing the process of data sharing across the group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description UK CCS Research Centre Track 1 clusters webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Project MIP 6.5 (CoI - Clair Gough) chaired of 2-hour session with the UKCCSRC, with presentations from the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge, East Coast and NW industrial clusters, with 1 hour of discussion, attended by 110 participants from across industry, policy and academia
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Visit from HRH The Earl of Wessex 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies (CSCT), Bath University, hosted a visit by the University's Chancellor, HRH The Earl of Wessex, to learn more about the Centre's achievements and vision for the future. He was briefed on the industrial decarbonisation and sustainable energy systems initiatives at Bath, including the UK Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC). A poster was prepared on IDRIC's activities for Professor Marcelle McManus (IDRIC co-director) to present to HRH.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.csct.ac.uk/chancellor-visit/
 
Description Working Group - Phase 2 Deployment and Cluster Plan Projects 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact For Project 85 (PI Mark Scanlon) a working group was convened with representatives from energy industry operating companies, consultancies, academia and governmental sponsored research facilities. The meetings were used as a way to engage the industrial clusters on Phase 2 Deployment and the Cluster Plans and covered three study areas: Production; Transmission, Storage and Distribution; and Use. Through input from the working group, the project's main deliverable - a research report 'Evaluating the energy balance and efficiency of the large-scale deployment of a hydrogen energy system' was produced.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Workshop - Challenges in hydrogen safety case development in UK/European industrial clusters 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Project 87 (PI - Mark Scanlon) held a technical workshop to engage stakeholder and identify known issues and needs, as an input to the main technical development project. There were nine presenters, including four from UK clusters and two regulators. There was significant stakeholder engagement including representatives from operating companies, regulators, consultancies and trade associations. Some company representatives had international remits. The proceedings were published as 'Hydrogen safety cases - Challenges in hydrogen safety case development in UK/European industrial clusters'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Workshop - World University Alliance on Carbon Neutrality (WUACN) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Experts from member universities of the Alliance (launched in the eve of COP26) initiated by Southeast University (China), University of Birmingham (UK)) gathered for a virtual workshop on 'Achieving Net Zero: future key research challenges'. Project 72 (PI - Professor Yulong Ding) attended and showcased our work supported by IDRIC in pursuing net zero future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/latest/2022/01/achieving-net-zero-future-key-research-challenges.a...