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

Mercedes Maroto-Valer (Principal Investigator)
Mijndert Van Der Spek (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3365-2289
Susana Garcia Lopez (Co-Investigator)
Peter Taylor (Co-Investigator)
Gail Taylor (Co-Investigator)
Yulong Ding (Co-Investigator)
Anna Korre (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1981-0866
Phil Renforth (Co-Investigator)
Mohamed Pourkashanian (Co-Investigator)
Andrew Barron (Co-Investigator)
Philip Bowen (Co-Investigator)
Nilay Shah (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8906-6844
David Worsley (Co-Investigator)
Clair Gough (Co-Investigator)
Nigel Brandon (Co-Investigator)
Patrick Devine-Wright (Co-Investigator)
Joseph Howe (Co-Investigator)
Sevket Durucan (Co-Investigator)
Jon Maddy (Co-Investigator)
Damon Teagle (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4416-8409
Lindsay-Marie Armstrong (Co-Investigator)
John Paul Martin Trusler (Co-Investigator)
N Dawood (Co-Investigator)
Neil Strachan (Co-Investigator)
Alan Guwy (Co-Investigator)
John Andresen (Co-Investigator)
Jonathan Radcliffe (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7671-6265
Janie Ling Chin (Co-Investigator)
Heather Jane McGregor (Co-Investigator)
Nicholas Pidgeon (Co-Investigator)
Marcelle McManus (Co-Investigator)
John Irvine (Co-Investigator)
Anthony Paul Roskilly (Co-Investigator)
Benjamin Sovacool (Co-Investigator)
Yannis Hardalupas (Co-Investigator)
Frank Geels (Co-Investigator)
Matthew Lockwood (Co-Investigator)
Maxine Akhurst (Co-Investigator)
Jonathan Pearce (Co-Investigator)
Edward Hough (Co-Investigator)
Dimitrios Christopoulos (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7367-1129
 
Description Appointed member of BEIS Hydrogen Advisory Council
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a guidance/advisory committee
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/hydrogen-advisory-council
 
Description Contribution to Networks, Infrastructure and Technology Advisory Group on Welsh heat strategy
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a guidance/advisory committee
 
Description Energi Coast industry and Skills Group Meeting (20 January 2023)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a guidance/advisory committee
Impact We have contributed to the discussions on issues raised by the group regarding the impact of skills in the deployment of related decarbonisation projects and the necessary tools to identify demand and requirements. These discussions influence policies and decisions taken by stakeholders which impact industrial practices and its impact on local strategies.
 
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 Contribution to a national consultation/review
 
Description IDRIC Response to the Scottish Government's Draft Hydrogen Action Plan
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Contribution to a national consultation/review
 
Description Input to a Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology note (POSTnote)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Contribution to a national consultation/review
URL https://post.parliament.uk/research-briefings/post-pn-0690/
 
Description International Energy Agency Combustion TCP advisory committee; UK delegation
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a guidance/advisory committee
Impact IEA provides advice to governments across the word on Energy Policy
 
Description Member of BEIS Hydrogen Advisory Council - Standards and Regulation
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a guidance/advisory committee
 
Description Members of the IEA Technology Collaboration Programme; both Cardiff and Imperial College academics represent the UK delegation
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a guidance/advisory committee
 
Description Membership of the UK Hydrogen Advisory Council Research and Innovation and Supply Chain Capacity work streams
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Contribution to a national consultation/review
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-hydrogen-strategy
 
Description NEPIC Decarbonisation Innovation Special Interest Group and Cluster Plan /Industrial Advisory Group
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a guidance/advisory committee
 
Description Policy brief - Accelerating Industrial Decarbonisation through CCUS
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Contribution to a national consultation/review
 
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 Royal Society Net Zero Aviation Report
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Contribution to a national consultation/review
URL https://royalsociety.org/topics-policy/projects/low-carbon-energy-programme/net-zero-aviation-fuels/
 
Description Submission to the UK Net Zero Review
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Contribution to a national consultation/review
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-hydrogen-strategy
 
Description Submission to the UK Net Zero Review
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Contribution to a national consultation/review
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-hydrogen-strategy
 
Description Support and advice given to CSIRO in drafting Mission Innovation Hydrogen country profiles
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a guidance/advisory committee
URL https://explore.mission-innovation.net/mission/clean-hydrogen/
 
Description Zero Carbon Fuel Training
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
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 ENCIRC for Student Stipend
Amount £15,000 (GBP)
Organisation Encirc 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Grantham/RMI Foundation
Amount $2,000,000 (USD)
Organisation Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment 
Sector Private
Country United States
Start  
 
Description HERMES: Highly Efficient Super Critical ZERO eMission Energy System
Amount £344,623 (GBP)
Organisation European Union 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Title A numerical model to simulate underground hydrogen storage in depleted gas reservoirs and saline aquifer. 
Description A numerical model to simulate underground hydrogen storage in depleted gas reservoirs and saline aquifer. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2022 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact -Feasibility study of underground hydrogen storage for long-term storage and energy security purposes. -expanding the portfolio of hydrogen storage technologies 
 
Title Reservoir Model for Hydrogen Storage in Geological Formations 
Description Integrated on-line platform for sorbent screening, techno-economic and environmental impact assessment: IDRIC funded project on "Accelerating the deployment of cost-competitive advanced carbon capture technologies for industrial decarbonisation" contributed to the further development of an integrated advanced platform to conduct material/sorbent screening and process optimisation for point-source CO2 capture in power and industrial sectors. The integrated on-line platform allows to conduct techno-economic assessments and evaluation of the environmental impacts via a life cycle assessment. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2023 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The integrated on-line platform has attracted the interest of industry experts to explore the application on real flue gas environments, start-up companies and entrepreneurs to seek for future funding opportunities to support the development of these technologies and advance TRL to pilot plant testing. 
 
Description Collaboration between University of Manchester, British Geological Survey, Heriot-Watt University Collaborators: Centrica, Progressive Energy, ENI 
Organisation British Geological Survey
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Contribution to two work packages. WP2: Darcy-scale (mm-scale and above) investigation of cyclic fluid flow properties of hydrogen in inert and reactive underground porous media (WP lead: Prof John Andresen at HWU). WP5: Dissemination.
Collaborator Contribution WP1: Pore-scale (µm- to nm- scale) investigation of the storage efficiency during cyclic processes in inert and reactive underground porous media (WP lead: Dr. Lin Ma at UoM) WP3: Reducing the impact of chemical and microbiological reactions (WP lead: Edward Hough at BGS). WP4: Scaling up, synergy and future recommendations to the industrial cluster (WP lead: Prof. Kevin Taylor at UoM)
Impact None yet
Start Year 2022
 
Description Collaboration between University of Manchester, British Geological Survey, Heriot-Watt University Collaborators: Centrica, Progressive Energy, ENI 
Organisation Centrica
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Contribution to two work packages. WP2: Darcy-scale (mm-scale and above) investigation of cyclic fluid flow properties of hydrogen in inert and reactive underground porous media (WP lead: Prof John Andresen at HWU). WP5: Dissemination.
Collaborator Contribution WP1: Pore-scale (µm- to nm- scale) investigation of the storage efficiency during cyclic processes in inert and reactive underground porous media (WP lead: Dr. Lin Ma at UoM) WP3: Reducing the impact of chemical and microbiological reactions (WP lead: Edward Hough at BGS). WP4: Scaling up, synergy and future recommendations to the industrial cluster (WP lead: Prof. Kevin Taylor at UoM)
Impact None yet
Start Year 2022
 
Description Collaboration between University of Manchester, British Geological Survey, Heriot-Watt University Collaborators: Centrica, Progressive Energy, ENI 
Organisation Progressive Energy Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Contribution to two work packages. WP2: Darcy-scale (mm-scale and above) investigation of cyclic fluid flow properties of hydrogen in inert and reactive underground porous media (WP lead: Prof John Andresen at HWU). WP5: Dissemination.
Collaborator Contribution WP1: Pore-scale (µm- to nm- scale) investigation of the storage efficiency during cyclic processes in inert and reactive underground porous media (WP lead: Dr. Lin Ma at UoM) WP3: Reducing the impact of chemical and microbiological reactions (WP lead: Edward Hough at BGS). WP4: Scaling up, synergy and future recommendations to the industrial cluster (WP lead: Prof. Kevin Taylor at UoM)
Impact None yet
Start Year 2022
 
Description Collaboration between University of Manchester, British Geological Survey, Heriot-Watt University Collaborators: Centrica, Progressive Energy, ENI 
Organisation University of Manchester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Contribution to two work packages. WP2: Darcy-scale (mm-scale and above) investigation of cyclic fluid flow properties of hydrogen in inert and reactive underground porous media (WP lead: Prof John Andresen at HWU). WP5: Dissemination.
Collaborator Contribution WP1: Pore-scale (µm- to nm- scale) investigation of the storage efficiency during cyclic processes in inert and reactive underground porous media (WP lead: Dr. Lin Ma at UoM) WP3: Reducing the impact of chemical and microbiological reactions (WP lead: Edward Hough at BGS). WP4: Scaling up, synergy and future recommendations to the industrial cluster (WP lead: Prof. Kevin Taylor at UoM)
Impact None yet
Start Year 2022
 
Title Counter-Flow Burner 
Description New idealised rig/facility for investigating fundamentals of high pressure turbulent combustion 
Type Of Technology Physical Model/Kit 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact International engagement 
 
Title MESH (mobile energy storage as heat) system 
Description A patent (MESH system) has been filed 
Type Of Technology New/Improved Technique/Technology 
Year Produced 2022 
Impact This MESH (mobile energy storage as heat) system is used to transport waste heat from industrial side to domestic heat user. 
 
Description 'Nothing about us without us' intervention - disability workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshops on the subject of disability in research careers highlighting how to support people with disabilities. 1st disability workshop focused on 'endometriosis' and the 2nd disability workshop focused on 'neurodiversity'.

Those workshops sparked questions and discussions on what can partners do better in terms of EDI practice in their workplace (recruitment, environment - place to work, employees benefits, etc.). It raised the fact that there is a need for the creation of an EDI best-practice to support partners in their EDI engagements.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://idric.org/impact-areas/equality-diversity-inclusion/
 
Description 'You can't be what you can't see' EDI intervention 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact IDRIC's 'You can't be what you can't see' is a video project that will be used with partners in education and mentoring programmes. The three to seven minute videos showcase the diversity of individuals currently involved with research relating to industrial decarbonisation. The videos give a sense of the diverse career routes taken by people currently working in partnership with IDRIC and are designed to inspire the next generation to consider a career in decarbonisation. Hopefully this will be of great support to school counsellors/teachers and have a great impact to educational and skill level of workforce improvement. Furthermore, we hope this will have a change in public attitudes towards decarbonisation and will provide a better understanding on the various career paths in this area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYzRfiq-wq3nF81xH9m4YhZQ60_MDO8DZ
 
Description 1st Ammonia Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact IDRIC's project Ammonia and hydrogen use for industrial heat & power generation was represented at this Symposium. There was participation from +30 countries, ~300 attendees (- 190 in-person and 105 online). 100 abstracts were presented. The symposium was an excellent platform for information sharing of the latest research being undertaken in the ammonia for energy space. Many new networking opportunities were made.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.ammoniasymposium2022.com/
 
Description 2nd World Energy Storage Conference 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A poster presentation about the IDRIC project 'A flexibly integrated solution for gas compression and industrial thermal processing decarbonisation' has been delivered at this conference. There are around 200 attendees in this conference who discussed and shared information together.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description ALL-ENERGY 2022 exhibition and conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Kirstie Simpson, CoI on IDRIC project Enabling skills for the industrial decarbonisation supply chain was an invited panellist ALL-ENERGY 2022 exhibition and conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
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 All-Energy/Decarbonise Exhibition and Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The event brought together renewable and low carbon energy stakeholders from around the world for two days of business facilitation and knowledge sharing. Professor Mercedes 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, and chair a discussion panel
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.scottishrenewables.com/events/160-all-energy22
 
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 Araba in Progress 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Araba is developing a plan to become sustainable and transition their industries. 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
URL https://radiollodio.com/2022/09/17/la-diputacion-foral-organiza-nueve-encuentros-con-expertos-para-a...
 
Description Areces Foundation - presentation` 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The ARECES Foundation is based in Madrid to provide research and learning opportunities for Spanish citizens and to support initiatives that advance solutions to societal challenges in the realms of science, education, culture and economics. This presentation

On February 23, the conference and online round table 'Industrial decarbonization: the transition to sustainable climate neutrality' was held, within the cycle 'Science Dialogues in Spanish' organized with the Ministry of Education, Universities, Science and Community Spokesperson Autonomous University of Madrid (CAM), the Spanish Office of the CAM, the Rafael del Pino Foundation and RAICEX.

Prof Mercedes Maroto-Valer gave a keynote address in which she addressed decarbonization from different approaches, such as economic growth and CO2 reduction, the challenges and opportunities it offers, the development of complete systems that integrate technology, economic models and regulatory frameworks, industrial clusters and post-COP26 collaboration and innovation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcT1QomE434&t=13s
 
Description Bilateral engagement with Scottish Parliamentarians 
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 IDRIC Policy Team met MSP to raise the profile of IDRIC's work and highlight policy considerations for Industrial Decarbonisation.

Met: Fiona Hyslop MSP
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Bilateral engagement with UK Parliamentarians 
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 Policy Team had meetings with Westminster parliamentarians to raise the profile of IDRIC's work and highlight policy considerations for industrial decarbonisation.

This included meeting Alan Whitehead MP, Alex Sobel MP, Jacob Young MP
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Bilateral engagement with UK ministers 
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 Policy Team met with Lee Rowley MP, Minister for Industry to raise the profile of IDRIC and highlight policy considerations for Industrial Decarbonisation. Lee Rowley then attended the Parliamentary Reception
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Blog - EPSRC engineering net zero week 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To coincide with EPSRC engineering net zero week at which Prof Maroto-Valer was a Panel Chair - she produced a blog that was published by EPSRC on their website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.ukri.org/blog/the-net-zero-journey-of-industrial-heartlands-cities-and-regions/
 
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 Blog post on the revival of CCS policy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Blog post on the revival of CCS policy in the UK, and implications of this history for the future of CCS. The blog was read by several key actors in the CCS policy network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
URL https://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/sussexenergygroup/2023/01/30/how-carbon-capture-and-storage-was-brought-b...
 
Description Blog post on whether there is an electoral politics of industrial decarbonisation resource allocation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Blog post on whether there is an electoral politics of the allocation of industrial decarbonisation resources. Intended to bring evidence to bear on informal debates on whether industrial decarbonisation policy has become politicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
URL https://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/sussexenergygroup/2023/03/01/is-there-an-electoral-politics-of-the-alloca...
 
Description Blog summarising Net Zero review report 
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 IDRIC Policy Team blog post written to summarise the Mission Zero Report published as a consequence of the Net Zero Review, highlighting key content relevant for Industrial Decarbonisation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
URL https://idric.org/net-zero-review-industrial-decarbonisation-is-a-priority-mission-for-reaching-net-...
 
Description Briefing UK-CHINA Decarbonisation GEM - CAMP 4946 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This workshop explored in detail the challenges and opportunities of industrial decarbonisation with the focus on shared challenges of large scale deployment in CCS, hydrogen production and fuel switching between the UK and China. The mission explored opportunities to build collaborations between key stakeholders from industry, academia and government agencies to address global decarbonisation challenges and synergies between the UK and China. Mercedes Maroto-Valer spoke at the mission and other team members participated.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description CSIRO Visit to North West 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Joe Howe and colleagues from the North West Industrial Cluster hosting a visit from the CSIRO team from Melbourne. This included: a tour of the HyNet Cluster; presentation on the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge; overview of IDRIC and the various MIPs ; highlighting the various universities engaged with IDRIC activities in the North West; detail on the various hydrogen production propositions/activities within the NW; discussion of the ESIDS work and findings. This was an important exercise in articulating IDRIC, HyNet and the workforce planning requirements to the body (CSIRO) who are leading on the country profiles for Mission Innovation Hydrogen Howe has since been asked to be involved in the Mission Innovation Hydrogen Production Working Group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Conference, Ventura, USA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact In this fourth installation of the CCUS Gordon Research Conference series, examined the new science needed to achieve carbon capture, utilisation and storage goals safely, and with a variety of approaches appropriate for the variety of power and industrial challenges in an interdisciplinary framework. 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
URL https://www.grc.org/carbon-capture-utilization-and-storage-conference/2022/
 
Description Celebrating Collaborative Innovation in Hydrogen Technology Development 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This KTN webinar was aimed to celebrate the benefits of collaboration in hydrogen innovation projects and networking opportunities. IDRIC project Integration of co-produced oxygen from electrolysis to enable deep decarbonisation presented this project at the webinar.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
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 Cheshire and Warrington Hydrogen projects: GISMO, University of Lancaster, Daresbury 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Cheshire and Warrington Hydrogen projects: GISMO, University of Lancaster, Daresbury came together to share findings and exchange knowledge. This included IDRIC's Enabling skills for the industrial decarbonisation supply chain project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Cleaning Up Our Planet Roundtable, COP Fringe, Glasgow 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Joe Howe was a member of the Cleaning Up Our Planet Roundtable at COP Fringe in Glasgow
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Annual Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact At this high profile UK business conference, 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
URL https://www.cbi.org.uk/events/annual-conference-2022/
 
Description Course to staff at international collaborator Uni. Orleans concerning safety with hydrogen and ammonia systems 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This is a course delivered by Mr Steve Morris (Cardiff) primarily to research staff and technicians at University of Orleans to share knowledge and best practice concerning safe utilisation of ammonia and hydrogen systems.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description DeCarb Scotland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact DeCarbScot was delivered by NECCUS, the alliance working to reduce industrial carbon emissions in Scotland and beyond. This conference was key for anyone working in decarbonisation in the UK. 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 2023
URL https://www.decarb.scot/
 
Description Delegation visit to Cardiff University Gas Turbine Research Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact IDRIC PI Steve Morris participated in visit to the GTRC, including a presentation and tour of the facilities. He shared IDRIC research data with a delegation of visitors to the GTRC. Attendees included Sunborne Systems, Lund University, Siemens, Universite d'Orleans / ETN, Total Energies, Wartsila, UCL, TU Delft, GTI

A Potential collaboration with Universite d'Orleans was established
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Delivering the UK's First Net Zero Industrial Cluster 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This free networking event brought together the private and public sector leaders delivering the UK's first net zero industrial cluster in the North West. Also, this event marked the completion of the North West Cluster Plan - a deliverable investment, technology and infrastructure blueprint for the North West's net zero transition. The project team for Enabling skills for the industrial decarbonisation supply chain were involved in the delivery of this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
URL https://netzeronw.co.uk/net-zero-nw-cluster-plan/
 
Description Discussion with LTU Sweden 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Researchers from IDRIC's Ammonia and hydrogen use for industrial heat & power generation. project discussed a potential collaboration opportunities around hydrogen. LTU appear to be very well funded and the area around Bothnian Bay has many similarities to SWIC with heavy industry, steel making and high CO2 emissions. They are looking at producing green hydrogen/ammonia and distributing it to the industry in the area. There have been requests for further meetings involving SWIC and CRPlus to arrange workshops
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Discussion with South Wales Cluster 
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 The project team from IDRIC project 'Development of an open-source toolkit to design and evaluate the performance of low carbon infrastructure for industrial clusters' met with industry reps from the South Wales Cluster to understand the key issues to consider when developing their toolkit. The meeting has helped to shape the project work and ensure the toolkit will be of value to the cluster.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Dissemination Meeting with Officials - Neath Port Talbot Council 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The project team for IDRIC's 'Understanding public responses to industrial decarbonisation in insecure times' held a half day workshop meeting between the IDRIC and FLEXIS teams with officials of Neath Port Talbot Council (covering energy, environment, housing and community policy), at Baglan Innovation Centre, Neath Port Talbot, 1 Decmber 2022.

Links were made to policy makers and the workshop changed thinking about decisions in NPT Council. Agreement was made to discuss further re possible follow up studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Durham Energy Institute Annual Research Symposium (13 September 2022) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The symposium was run by Durham Energy Institute to celebrate its twelve years of bringing people together and thinking differently about energy. It showcased current research in the areas of Earth, Wind & Fire (i.e., energy), as well as the Institute's partnerships, showing how the research has provided further opportunities in the region and the wider sector.

We were invited to contribute to the panel on Fire, which focused on new perspectives in the transition to decarbonise heating, cooling, and power systems, for buildings, transport and industry. IDRIC project An integrated energy system planning tool for net-zero industrial clusters was presented specifically covering topics on energy system modelling and potential decarbonisation measures e.g., energy storage, the use of hydrogen and low-grade heat sources.

Audience responded very positively and approached us asking questions about the models we developed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description EBNet Early Career Researchers Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 12th September, researchers presented VFA factory technology and research at the EBNET early career researchers conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description EMCON 2022 
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 project, An integrated energy system planning tool for net-zero industrial clusters, attended the conference & Expo. At the Expo, an exhibition stand was allocated for this project with a laptop/screen and the tool was demonstrated to attendees. There was interest from a number of industrial organisations who were looking for tools which allow them to carry out virtual trials of their industrial energy systems projects and designs. Questions and discussions have continued afterwards through exchange of emails in related subject areas and potential future collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description EPSRC Engineering Net Zero Week 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The event brought researchers, industry leaders and policy makers together to reflect on and raise awareness of the EPSRC investments made in this space, continue the conversations that took place at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), highlight how our activities link to the sustainable development goals, show our response to the outcomes of COP26 and how EPSRC-supported research and innovation can substantially contribute to net zero solutions. 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
and be thematic chair for a discussion panel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.ukri.org/events/epsrc-engineering-net-zero-showcase/
 
Description EPSRC Mission Driven Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Mercedes Maroto-Valer contributed to a workshop to distil best practice for how mission focussed research engages with demonstrators and stakeholders for mutual benefit and how interdisciplinary research can be set up and conducted to realise the benefits it can bring to mission focussed work. Experiences from IDRIC on this topic were shared.
The ambition is that outputs will inform research activities going forward and support UKRI in the setting up of future investments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Early Career Researcher (ECR) Net Zero Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Cross-centre conference attended by over 200 ECRs aimed to bring the ECR Net Zero community together to discuss grand challenges related to net zero, to network amongst peers, to provide opportunities for ECRs to organise sessions and participate as a panellist or session chair.

IDRIC were heavily involved in planning and organising the event. IDRIC researchers and PIs joined panel sessions on policy engagement, industrial engagement, and chaired sessions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description EcoSociety Heriot Watt University: Can we Decarbonise Industries and Reach our Net Zero Goals? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact The EcoSociety at Heriot Watt is a student association which aims to fight for climate justice and encourage the university to do its part. Mercedes Maroto-Valer delivered a presentation at their event 'Can we Decarbonise Industries and Reach our Net Zero Goals?'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Energi Coast industry and Skills 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 This meeting was to discuss decarbonisation skills challenges. The IDRIC project, Integrated energy system planning tool for net-zero industrial clusters, discussed with key energy players about the tool and how it evaluated social measure outputs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
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 Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges - Scotland's Step-Change for Sustainability Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The next few years are crucial in achieving Scotland's ambition to end its contribution to climate change by 2045 whilst ensuring a Just and Fair Transition to net zero. Scotland's colleges and universities will play a significant role in meeting this goal. Taking a whole-institution approach, this conference addressed the challenges facing the sector and looked at how we can move from piloting actions to embedding impact in key areas. The conference brought together over 100 attendees, from a range of networks as well as every area of campus life, from the Further and Higher Education sector. Attendees included those responsible for environmental management, estates and facilities, teaching staff, as well as senior leaders and students. Professor Maroto-Valer was invited speak about IDRIC at a plenary session, giving an overview of the programme, sharing best practices, key findings and levers to overcome the industrial decarbonisation challenge
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Equinor Podcast Destination Zero: Realising a Low-Carbon Future 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A new podcast series from Equinor, 'Destination Zero: Realising a Low-Carbon Future' will explore what the UK needs to do to achieve net zero by 2050, and the projects currently in development in the North East of England that will help deliver this goal. As well as covering specific projects led by Equinor, including Zero Carbon Humber and H2H Saltend, the series brings together experts, politicians and senior business leaders to discuss the new, low carbon technology that will play a vital role in accelerating the energy transition. From Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS), to blue and green hydrogen, experts will demystify the technologies that will soon make up a vital part of the UK's energy landscape.

Hosted by James Murray, Business Green Editor, this new series is a must-listen for anyone interested in the changing energy landscape in the UK and, especially, the crucial role that areas like the North East of England will play in delivering a successful transition.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://shows.acast.com/equinor-presents-destination-zero/episodes/episode-6-where-next-the-road-to-...
 
Description Eurosun 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact IDRIC researchers on the our Mobile Energy Stored as Heat (MESH) project presented the MCDM decision making tool at the Eurosun 2022 conference. Information given and debate started on tools for industrial use. Two collaboration enquiries from interested university groups came from the presentation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.eurosun2022.org/
 
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 Geospatial Commission roundtable 
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 Dr Delafield presented the modelling work being done across University of Southampton and University of Exeter to model solar farms, wind farms, bioenergy power stations (incl. BECCS) and bioenergy crops. Had follow up discussions regarding how spatial energy-environment modelling could be used by UK government going forward.

Dr Delafield was then invited to Geospatial Commission in Jan and April 2023.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022,2023
 
Description Gordon Research Conference and Gordon Research Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Key findings from IDRIC's project Accelerating the deployment of cost-competitive advanced carbon capture technologies for industrial decarbonisation were presented at the Gordon Research Conference and Gordon Research Seminar
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Gordon Research Conference and Gordon Research Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Key findings from IDRIC project 'Accelerating the deployment of cost-competitive advanced carbon capture technologies for industrial decarbonisation' were presented at the Gordon Research Conference and Gordon Research Seminar.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description H2FC Supergen Hub final annual assembly - Moving Ah2ead with Hydrogen (MAwH) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact IDRIC project 'Integration of co-produced oxygen from electrolysis to enable deep decarbonisation' presented their findings at this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.h2fcsupergen.com/clean-energy/moving-ahead-with-hydrogen-review/#:~:text=To%20mark%20the...
 
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 Hosted World-FIrst International Conference on Ammonia Energy 
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 Cardiff hosted the world first ammonia symposium, which attracted some 300 attendees from 30 different countries. about 200 attended in person, with the net attending online.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description HydroGin - Conservative Party Conference Fringe 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Joe Howe spoke about industrial decarbonisation at the Conservative Party Conference Fringe
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description IDRIC Black Country Cluster regional meeting (14 October) 
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 42 Delegates attended the Black Cluster event in Dudley.
IDRIC toured the industrial clusters to :
• To introduce the work of IDRIC
• To better understand industry research and innovation needs and where academic expertise can support cluster decarbonisation activities
• To showcase a selection of IDRIC's current research
• To help build new connections between industry and academia
• To introduce IDRIC's upcoming funding streams and create space to explore potential collaborations

Series Outcomes:
Over 250 representatives from industry, academic and Government attended the events and the majority of respondents to a feedback survey indicated connections they had made at the event could lead to future collaboration. The events were planned to coincide with the launch of Wave 2 funding and create space to explore collaborative project ideas. 60% of Wave 2 submissions came from attendees of the cluster events (65% of successful submissions were from event attendees).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description IDRIC Humber Cluster regional meeting (6 Oct 2022) 
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 40 delegates attended the Scottish Cluster event.

IDRIC toured the industrial clusters to :
• To introduce the work of IDRIC
• To better understand industry research and innovation needs and where academic expertise can support cluster decarbonisation activities
• To showcase a selection of IDRIC's current research
• To help build new connections between industry and academia
• To introduce IDRIC's upcoming funding streams and create space to explore potential collaborations

Series Outcomes:
Over 250 representatives from industry, academic and Government attended the events and the majority of respondents to a feedback survey indicated connections they had made at the event could lead to future collaboration. The events were planned to coincide with the launch of Wave 2 funding and create space to explore collaborative project ideas. 60% of Wave 2 submissions came from attendees of the cluster events (65% of successful submissions were from event attendees).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description IDRIC Industrial Decarbonisation Policy Forum 
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 3rd policy forum to discuss policy priorities for industrial decarbonisation among academics, industry representatives, UK and devolved government and public organisations. Event created new connections between key stakeholders and with IDRIC, and directly informed the IDRIC Policy Synthesis Report 2022.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://idric.org/second-idric-policy-forum-on-industrial-decarbonisation
 
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 North West Cluster regional meeting (7 October) 
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 IDRIC toured the industrial clusters to :
• To introduce the work of IDRIC
• To better understand industry research and innovation needs and where academic expertise can support cluster decarbonisation activities
• To showcase a selection of IDRIC's current research
• To help build new connections between industry and academia
• To introduce IDRIC's upcoming funding streams and create space to explore potential collaborations

Series Outcomes:
Over 250 representatives from industry, academic and Government attended the events and the majority of respondents to a feedback survey indicated connections they had made at the event could lead to future collaboration. The events were planned to coincide with the launch of Wave 2 funding and create space to explore collaborative project ideas. 60% of Wave 2 submissions came from attendees of the cluster events (65% of successful submissions were from event attendees).
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 Scottish Cluster regional meeting (6 October 2022) 
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 40 delegates attended the Scottish Cluster event.
IDRIC toured the industrial clusters to :
• To introduce the work of IDRIC
• To better understand industry research and innovation needs and where academic expertise can support cluster decarbonisation activities
• To showcase a selection of IDRIC's current research
• To help build new connections between industry and academia
• To introduce IDRIC's upcoming funding streams and create space to explore potential collaborations

Series Outcomes:
Over 250 representatives from industry, academic and Government attended the events and the majority of respondents to a feedback survey indicated connections they had made at the event could lead to future collaboration. The events were planned to coincide with the launch of Wave 2 funding and create space to explore collaborative project ideas. 60% of Wave 2 submissions came from attendees of the cluster events (65% of successful submissions were from event attendees).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description IDRIC South Wales Cluster regional meeting (11 October) 
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 IDRIC toured the industrial clusters to :
• To introduce the work of IDRIC
• To better understand industry research and innovation needs and where academic expertise can support cluster decarbonisation activities
• To showcase a selection of IDRIC's current research
• To help build new connections between industry and academia
• To introduce IDRIC's upcoming funding streams and create space to explore potential collaborations

Series Outcomes:
Over 250 representatives from industry, academic and Government attended the events and the majority of respondents to a feedback survey indicated connections they had made at the event could lead to future collaboration. The events were planned to coincide with the launch of Wave 2 funding and create space to explore collaborative project ideas. 60% of Wave 2 submissions came from attendees of the cluster events (65% of successful submissions were from event attendees).
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 IDRIC Teesside Cluster regional meeting (18 October) 
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 Around 40 members of the Teesside cluster attended this event.
IDRIC toured the industrial clusters to :
• To introduce the work of IDRIC
• To better understand industry research and innovation needs and where academic expertise can support cluster decarbonisation activities
• To showcase a selection of IDRIC's current research
• To help build new connections between industry and academia
• To introduce IDRIC's upcoming funding streams and create space to explore potential collaborations

Series Outcomes:
Over 250 representatives from industry, academic and Government attended the events and the majority of respondents to a feedback survey indicated connections they had made at the event could lead to future collaboration. The events were planned to coincide with the launch of Wave 2 funding and create space to explore collaborative project ideas. 60% of Wave 2 submissions came from attendees of the cluster events (65% of successful submissions were from event attendees).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description IDRIC-1: Industrial Decarbonisation Showcase 
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 DRIC-1 Showcase was IDRIC's annual event, bringing together researchers, policy makers and industry. Over two days all parties contributed to panel discussions on technologies for industrial decarbonisation, social, policy and environmental considerations, as well as green financing. There were ample opportunities for networking, including a poster session showcasing all our projects and allowing ECRs an opportunity to participate and network with industry. We had over 250 attendees across the two days, with our feedback survey indicating that most participants made between 6-15 new connections and that the majority saw new connections leading to collaborative research/innovation projects in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description IDRIC-ECITB 'Workforce Planning for Industrial Decarbonisation' Report Launch and Roundtable (London, 22 November 2022) 
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 80 attendees (in-person and online) attended the IDRIC Workforce Planning Roundtable and Report Launch. With a panel of experts from government, industry, trade union, and education providers, we discussed the skills gaps for industrial decarbonisation and the mechanisms to fill these gaps.

Two of IDRIC's key projects on Skills and Workforce launched their key reports at the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://idric.org/workforce-planning-for-industrial-decarbonisation-report-launch/
 
Description IDRIC/RCCS Hydrogen for Everyone Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The workshop was held in Hybrid mode and attracted more than 50 attendees from both academia and industry.
The impacts of this workshop were
• hearing insights from experts on hydrogen production, utilisation, transport, and storage in industry
• being part of the conversation on essential steps needed for the UK to seize the opportunities to develop and grow the hydrogen industry
• Identifying opportunities for collaboration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description IDRIC/RCCS Hydrogen for Impact Workshop 
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 workshop was hosted by the Heriot-Watt University's Research Centre for Carbon Solutions (RCCS) (https://rccs.hw.ac.uk/), which leads the Industry Decarbonisation Research & Innovation Centre (IDRIC).
This event brought around 50 experts from the industry together with academics working across IDRIC's hydrogen research portfolio to share learnings and explore opportunities for new collaborations.
Impacts of the workshop are:
• facilitated collaboration between IDRIC industrial partners, academia and government sectors.

• provided development opportunities for participants through presentations and panel discussions by experts in the field.

• developed new partnerships with other stakeholders for potential projects toward piloting or scaling up the technologies around hydrogen based on IDRIC Wave I & II research projects
The workshop programme included technical presentations from global experts from academia and industry, group discussions and speed networking. A visit was also paid to the North West HyNet cluster.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description IDRIC/UKCCSRC Joint Webinar: IDRIC Social Science Projects 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact ca 100 online participants attended a two hour webinar which was convened and chaired by one of our PIs, Clair Gough, to showcase the ongoing IDRIC social science research with presentations from four research projects from across the programme. The webinar included extensive time discussion / Q&A and provided a bridge between the UKCCSRC and IDRIC communities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://idric.org/joint-idric-ukccsrc-webinar/
 
Description IEA TCP-Task42 Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact IDRIC project 'Integration of co-produced oxygen from electrolysis to enable deep decarbonisation' presented their findings at this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://task42.ieabioenergy.com/
 
Description IEAGHG R&D Programme - 16th Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT) conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Key finding from this project and from the PrISMa Project (funded by the ACT programme) were presented at the 16th Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT) conference, Lyon, France (Oct 23rd-27th, 2022).This is an cross-disciplinary international conference organised by the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEAGHG), which brings together international leaders on different areas needed for climate change mitigation. The poster presentation attracted interest from academia, research organisations and industry. A conference paper has been released.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://az659834.vo.msecnd.net/eventsairwesteuprod/production-ieaghg-public/8e6c1273f8f94aef9a127cd2...
 
Description IMPRES 2022: The Sixth International Symposium on Innovative Materials and Processes in Energy Systems 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact One PDRA working for IDRIC project 'A flexibly integrated solution for gas compression and industrial thermal processing decarbonisation' attended this international conference (IMPRES 2022) in October 2022 and delivered an oral presentation 'Composite phase change material for mobile thermal energy storage (M-TES) - Formulation, manufacturing and optimisation', which is the output of the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://impres2022.com/
 
Description Imperial College visit to site of COACE pilot scale fermenter 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Colleagues at Imperial College visited the COACE pilot scale fermenter and the site of our H2ACE bioreactor in October of this year to better understand the technical steps involved in the VFA factory technologies and to further discuss our collaborative activities going forward.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Industrial Electrification Policy Roundtable 
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 IDRIC held a roundtable on industrial electrification policy with key industry associations, economists, investors, academics, think tanks, policymakers from devolved and UK government. Findings will inform policy engagement around this issue.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Industrial Engagement with Dragon Executive Management Ltd and Walden Phillips Ltd 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On the 6th Dec the project team from IDRIC's Ammonia and hydrogen use for industrial heat & power generation project met with Dragon Executive Management Ltd and Walden Phillips Ltd as part of an Industry Wales Project for Tregroes Waffles Ltd. We discussed energy saving opportunities and zero carbon fuels. On the 12th Dec a site visit was conducted at Tregroes Waffles to take temperature, air flow, gas flow measurements of the manufacturing process.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Industrial Meeting with Baker Hughes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact IDRIC researchers from our Ammonia and hydrogen use for industrial heat & power generation project shared their research data was shared with Baker Hughes. This has led to potential for a further collaboration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Institute of Physics, Combustion Physics Group meeting on Hydrogen Combustion 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact IDRIC's project 'Ammonia and hydrogen use for industrial heat & power generation' was represented at the event. There was broad participation from different industrial background including combustion and instrumentation/sensor engineers. There was also postgraduate student exposure to hydrogen combustion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://iop.eventsair.com/hccr2022/
 
Description Institution of Engineering and Technology Scotland Power Technical Network 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This event was aimed at reconnecting the engineering community and to take stock of the significant engineering, economic and system
challenges we face. 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 2023
URL https://events.theiet.org/events/
 
Description Interviews relating to the release of the Royal Society Net Zero Aviation Report on the Radio 4 Today Programme and also on Sky News Climate Programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interviews relating to the release of the Royal Society Net Zero Aviation Report on the Radio 4 Today Programme and also on Sky News Climate Programme. The interview has resulted in lots of follow up and the report has also had wide coverage in the national and international media.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
URL https://royalsociety.org/news/2023/02/net-zero-aviation-fuels-report/
 
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 Jet Zero Council, Sustainable Aviation Fuel Delivery Group-Technology Subgroup Chair 
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 The SAF Delivery Group is working alongside the Department for Transport, provides advice on how government and industry can work together to establish UK production facilities and accelerate the delivery of the fuel to market. It is currently focusing on 3 specific areas: development of a SAF mandate; commercialisation of SAF; and technologies and feedstocks required for SAF production. 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
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/jet-zero-council#delivery-groups
 
Description LCA Framework Meeting 
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 This was an industry focused workshop that stimulated thought leading into further funding application and (to be completed) journal publication. It involved IDRIC's researchers from their Life cycle analysis (LCA) framework for industrial decarbonisation project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Life Cycle Analysis Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On the 23rd of September, the USW team attended a one day LCA workshop at the university of Bath. This was attended by academic institutions as well as key representatives from the industrial clusters, including TATA Steel who are collaborating with us in this project.

Transfer of knowledge and expertise on LCA conceptualisation and application to the VFA factory project was achieved.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
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 LinkedIn Post - Hydrogen Combustion 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The LinkedIn post came from our IDRIC project Ammonia and hydrogen use for industrial heat & power generation.. The intended purpose of the post was to stimulate thinking about the perceived colour and visibility of pure hydrogen flames. The post stimulated some interesting comments and discussions. The video was viewed over 22k times and generated over 300 new followers of the GTRC
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6985992725112188933
 
Description LinkedIn Post - Plasma Assisted Combustion 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This LinkedIn post was about IDRIC's project Ammonia and hydrogen use for industrial heat & power generation. The post sparked interest in plasma assisted combustion and publicised our capabilities in this area. As a result the project team had an enquiry from Uniper about their technology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6980900275997839361
 
Description Linkedin Post - Auto Ignition Delay 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The intended purpose of the post was to stimulate thinking about combustion strategies for zero carbon fuels such as staging and how we can measure auto ignition delay time. The post resulted in a enquiry about the work from Ansaldo.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:7031220140427894784
 
Description Low Carbon Societies Research Network Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Leveraging a Climate-neutral Society - Strategic Research Network (LCS-RNet) organised its 13th annual meeting, inviting several prominent experts and researchers involved in IPCC AR6 WGIII. This annual meeting set "New Scientific Challenges for Strengthening Actions Based on IPCC AR6" as an overarching theme,discussed how to trigger transitions and how to bridge science with actions. The annual meeting also featured four themes - decarbonisation in agriculture and forestry, energy and food security, challenges in heavy industries, and a comparative study on zero-carbon cities in France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the UK. 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 and participate in a discussion panel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.iges.or.jp/en/events/20221215
 
Description Materials Challenges for the Energy Transition Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The workshop theme Materials Challenges for the Energy Transition included materials and technology development, applications, policy, and sustainability considerations. Discussions included where the field stands, trends in recent years, global influences, unexpected trajectories, exciting goals and challenges to be addressed, and directions the field may take in the near future. 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 and participate in a discussion panel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
URL https://www.mrs.org/materials-challenges-for-the-energy-transition
 
Description Meeting of Matthew Lockwood with Scottish Government officials 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Online meeting with two officials in the Scottish Government working on SG industrial decarbonisation policy, to discuss emerging findings from project 4.3 (politics of industrial decarbonisation), especially in relation to technology advocacy coalitions, regional inequality and industrial energy prices.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Meeting on steel decarbonisation at Royal United Services Institute 
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 team on IDRIC's project 'Learning from international experience in decarbonising industrial clusters' met with the Royal United Services Institute to discuss steel decarbonisation internationally.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Meeting with Scottish National Party, MP 
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 The PI on IDRIC project 'Protective space and social licence to operate industrial decarbonisation' met with Alan Brown Scottish National Party, MP., Shadow SNP spokesperson (energy and industrial strategy) November 2022 to discuss the findings of their project and how these might affect the implementation of government policy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Meeting with representatives of Unilever 
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 University of South Wales met with Representatives of Unilever to discuss their involvement with the VFA factory research program. Unilever have expressed a strong interest in collaborating in the area of bioderived platform chemicals and have now also formally supported the team's IDRIC Wave 2 proposal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Meetings with BEIS policy fellow 
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 Researchers on IDRIC's 'Protective space and social licence to operate industrial decarbonisation' met with CAPE Policy Fellow (Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement), Dr Chris Wiseall senior policy advisor - CCUS infrastructure fund transport and storage lead, BEIS in November 2022, to discuss the findings of their project and how this can effect the implementation of government policy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Mission Innovation, FCDO and DIT Missions to Baltics, South America, N America, UAE, Singapore, China, Australia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Joe Howe was part of the Mission Innovation, FCDO and DIT Missions to Baltics, South America, N America, UAE, Singapore, China and Australia
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Monthly Industrial Decarbonisation Policy Newsletter 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Policy Team produced monthly newsletters collating relevant policy developments at the UK-level and in the devolved administrations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022,2023
 
Description Multiple engagements and talks with other clusters 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Joe Howe, IDRIC's academic cluster lead for the North West has been engaging heavily with the other clusters across the UK to ensure effective learning across the clusters.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Multiple visit of Siemens energy to Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage and reciprocal visits 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Siemens energy visited the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage, and discussed collaboration (including the IDRIC project) on 21 July. Prof Yulong Ding delivered a talk/presentation on the important work done by BEES in recent years, including the industrial decarbonisation work funded by IDRIC.
Following the meeting, representatives from Siemens Energy asked if researchers from the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage could visit Siemens energy based in Lincoln and also reported on their interest in further collaboration with BCES on industrial decarbonisation.
Researchers of the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage followed this up with a visit to Siemens energy (Lincoln), and discussed further collaboration (including a new IDRIC project).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022
 
Description NECCUS/IDRIC 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 IDRIC's joint webinar with NECCUS was an opportunity for IDRIC to highlight to Scottish Industry the work we do and specifically how it is relevant to Scotland. Since the workshop we have had a closer relationship with NECCUS and follow up meetings with industry who attended the webinar.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description NEPIC Best Practice in Industrial Asset Management Conference & Expo 2023 
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 Two IDRIC projects attended the conference & Expo. At the Expo, an exhibition stand was allocated for these projects with a poster/laptop/screen and the tool was demonstrated to attendees. There was interest from a number of industrial organisations who were looking for tools which allows them to carry out virtual trials of their industrial energy systems projects and designs. Questions and discussions have continued afterwards through exchange of emails in related subject areas and potential future collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
URL https://www.nepic.co.uk/asset-management-conference-2023-attendee-information/
 
Description NEPIC Clean Growth Conference (20 September 2022) 
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 Our researchers from Teesside projects participated in the conference organised by NEPIC to exhibit our baseline model and engage with industrial stakeholders. Our purpose was to find out whether industry had any preference or priority among possible decarbonisation technologies; and whether there was any specific function or feature that they would like to see in our cluster models.

During our exhibition, delegates came to our desk and spoke to us to find out more about our models. They provided us their contact details and have got in touch after the event for further discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.nepic.co.uk/event/nepic-clean-growth-event/
 
Description NISCO Steel Group Delegation Visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Introduction and update on activities for both NISCO and IDRIC. Professor Maroto-Valer and members of the team spoke about IDRIC, giving an overview of the programme, sharing best practices, key findings and levers to overcome the industrial decarbonisation challenge. Opportunities for collaboration were discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Net Zero Society Heriot Watt University: Skills and Change for the Future 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact The Heriot Watt Net Zero Society brings students together who have similar interests in the field of NetZero, Circular Economies and Sustainability. The society ran an event 'Skills and Change for the Future' which Mercedes Maroto-Valer presented at.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description North Sea Transition Authority Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Introduction and update on activities for both the North Sea Transition Authority and IDRIC. Professor Maroto-Valer and members of the team spoke about IDRIC, giving an overview of the programme, sharing best practices, key findings and levers to overcome the industrial decarbonisation challenge. Plans for future collaborative opportunities were discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Organised and Chaired session on industrial decarbonization and net zero at Day 2 of Welsh Government 'Wales Climate Week' 
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 Professor Henwood Organised and Chaired a session on 'industrial decarbonization and net zero' at Day 1 of online Wales Climate Week, 21 November 2022, jointly with The Understanding Risk group, Cardiff University. Invited contributions also from Industry Wales and SWIC Future Leaders group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.climateweek.gov.wales/EN/pages
 
Description Paris Reinforce UK and EU industrial decarbonisation: Presentation at Imperial college workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Project team from 'Learning from international experience in decarbonising industrial clusters' presented at Imperial College to discuss the emerging findings from an EU project on Paris Reinforce UK and EU industrial decarbonisation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Parliamentary Reception 
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 IDRC ran a Westminster reception to highlight the work of IDRIC and the industrial clusters to UK Parliamentarians. The event contributed to increased engagement between industrial clusters and parliamentarians, increased IDRIC's exposure among key audiences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://idric.org/parliament-reception/
 
Description Participant on ECITB Net Zero Network Working Group 
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 IDRIC Skills Research Officer participates in and contributes to the biannual Net Zero working group organised by ECITB. The main impact is bringing together the key stakeholders in the skills space to discuss approaches to tackling the skills gaps for industrial decarbonisation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Participant on the CCSA Skills Roundtable 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The CCSA working group that meet regularly with 10-15 key stakeholders in skills and education development (including BEIS, DfE, ScotGov, third sector organisations and academia). This includes IDRIC's Skills Officer. The contributions will be used to create a CCSA position paper.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022,2023
 
Description Participant on the Climate Education and Skills Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact IDRIC's Skills Officer attends the quarterly working group meeting to share information with other committee participants (from education and skill third sector organisations). This has led to sharing information regarding IDRIC's activities, including raising awareness of EDI videos, Workforce planning roundtable and research projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022,2023
 
Description Participation in Supergen Moving Ahead with Hydrogen Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Work of the VFA factory project was discussed a conference event called 'Moving Ahead with Hydrogen' organised by Imperial College as part of the Supergen Hydrogen and Fuel Cells research Hub in London's Science Museum. This was attended by academics and industrial stakeholders and explored the future of advanced anaerobic digestion.

The presentation helped to clarify opportunities for synergising research into biohydrogen and biorefining more generally. Giving insight into future funding opportunities and the needs of key industrial stakeholders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL http://www.shfca.org.uk/otherevents/2022/12/9/moving-ahead-with-hydrogen
 
Description Pembroke Dock all day Community Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Project team from IDRIC's 'Understanding public responses to industrial decarbonisation in insecure times' project carried out a fieldwork workshop exploring views on future industrial decarbonisation proposals with members of the public convened in Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire, 14 December 2022

The15 community participants reported they had learned much that was new about industrial decarbonisation locally
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
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 Policy webinar at Royal Academy of Engineering EUROCASE Conference. Delivering a just transition across Europe. 26th November 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Nick Pidgeon presented at the Royal Academy of Engineering EUROCASE Conference. Delivering a just transition across Europe. 26th November 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.raeng.org.uk/global/international-partnerships/international-policy/euro
 
Description Port Talbot all-day Community Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Fieldwork workshop exploring views on future industrial decarbonisation proposals with members of the public convened in Port Talbot for IDRIC project Understanding public responses to industrial decarbonisation in insecure times, 14 September 2022
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Poster presentation at 3rd International Workshop on Carnot Batteries 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The workshop serves as an international platform to present latest results in Carnot batteries research and make them internationally visible. A poster presentation on the IDRIC MESH system/demonstration has been delivered. The presentation promoted IDRIC's the value of the mobile thermal energy storage on industrial decarbonisation to a wider audience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Powering the North, Liverpool City Region COP Conference, The Heath, Runcorn 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Joe Howe spoke about industrial decarbonisation at Powering the North, Liverpool City Region COP Conference, held at The Heath, Runcorn
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
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 EPSRC Energy Showcase meeting, 21 June 2022. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Nick Pidgeon Delivering Net Zero Report Launch and panel at EPSRC Energy Showcase meeting, 21 June 2022.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Presentation at Energy and Social Science Research Conference 2022, University of Manchester, 23 June 2022. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Karen Henwood presented 'Emotional attachments and affective entanglements: psychosocial understanding of industrial decarbonisation in UK Towns and Regions' at the Energy and Social Science Research Conference 2022, University of Manchester, 23 June 2022.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Presentation at Foresight Net Zero industry conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Peter Taylor, PI for IDRIC's Learning from international experience in decarbonising industrial clusters project presented his work at Foresight Net Zero industry conference in London.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.foresight.events/netzero-industry
 
Description Presentation at HW Sustainability Week 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact IDRIC's Skills Officer gave a short presentation on the career opportunities to deliver net zero followed by a Q&A session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Presentation at IChemE Hazards 32 conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dissemination of findings of MIP 7.1 main deliverable (Research Report - Guidance on the development of a safety case for the hydrogen value-chain) to IChemE Hazards 32 conference (Harrogate, October 2022).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Presentation at International Conference on People-Environment Studies, IAPS-2022, Lisbon, July 6th 2022. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Nick Pidgeon presented 'Transforming the Industrial Environment: citizen engagement with future low-carbon energy system transitions in a steel town' at the biennial International Conference on People-Environment Studies, IAPS-2022, Lisbon, July 6th 2022.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Presentation at International Conference on People-Environment Studies, Lisbon (online), July 6th 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Nick Pidgeon presented 'Transforming the Industrial Environment: citizen engagement with future low-carbon energy system transitions in a steel town' at International Conference on People-Environment Studies, Lisbon (online), July 6th 2022.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Presentation at International Conference on Transformation, Hope and the Commons, Belfast 29th July 2022. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Karen Henwood and Harriet Smith presented IDRIC findings in a paper 'Scrutinising entanglements between heritage and decarbonisation: emotion and infrastructure change in an industrial town', International Conference on Transformation, Hope and the Commons, Belfast 29th July 2022.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
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 at UK Energy Research Centre Annual Assembly, Cardiff, 20th September 2022. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Nick Pidgeon presented 'Transforming the Industrial Environment: citizen engagement with future low-carbon energy system transitions in a steel town' at International Conference on People-Environment Studies, Lisbon (online), July 6th 2022.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Presentation at UK Energy Research Centre Annual Conference, Manchester 13-14 June 2022. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Nick Pidgeon gave a talk in a panel on 'The Greenhouse Gas Removal Landscape - Ethics and Societal Acceptance'. UK Energy Research Centre Annual Conference, Manchester 13-14 June 2022.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Presentation at US National Acedemies Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Nick Pidgeon. Took part in the US National Academies series of Climate Conversations in an invited panel on Ocean Carbon Removal, 20th January 2022. 800 individual attendees viewed this event
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.nationalacademies.org/event/01-20-2022/climate-conversations-ocean-carbon-dioxide-remova...
 
Description Presentation of project results at GHGT 16 International Conference in October 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Project team members presented their results in 'Hydrogen storage and transport networks for net-zero industrial clusters' at GHGT 16 International Conference in October 2022. GHGT is the largest conference on greenhouse gas control technologies.

The results of the of pore scale flow experiments and imaging to academic researchers, industry and government representatives was to share our knowledge as well as initiate further collaboration in our field of research with industry players.

The study of multiphase flow of hydrogen in porous media (with applications to large scale underground hydrogen storage) is a new area of research so sharing knowledge from research is crucial in raising awareness within industry and government bodies on existence and feasibility of hydrogen storage in subsurface. This was the basis for collaboration with industrial partners in IDRIC Wave II.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4279468
 
Description Presentation on "Technologies for decarbonising UK industry" at the 2022 UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Project team for IDRIC's project Learning from international experience in decarbonising industrial clusters gave a presentation "Technologies for decarbonising UK industry" at the 2022 UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research 16 Dec 2022
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
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 Presentation to the Carbon Capture and Storage Association 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Joe Howe was invited to join CCSA skills working group. The presentation and Enabling skills for the industrial decarbonisation supply chain report will inform CCSA report to be published in late Spring 2023
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Press Release - Industrial Heartlands Regional Review 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release plus "letter to the editor" was circulated to Regional Press to stimulate a conversation about decarbonisation in industrial heartlands. The piece reached 89K viewers online and 60K of circulation for the physical newspapers. It was picked up by Business Live plus others.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.business-live.co.uk/economic-development/opinion-how-britains-industrial-heartlands-2459...
 
Description Press Release - News about Wave 2 Funding 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Our news of £6m funding was shared widely. This has lead to significant interest in our research activities. The press release was picked up by Business Green and others
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.businessgreen.com/news/4073470/industrial-decarbonisation-hubs-secure-gbp-funding-boost
 
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 Queens Baton Relay 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact USW staff participated in a stage of the Queens Baton Relay at the Baglan Hydrogen Centre where our H2ACE plant is being constructed. Representatives from industry and the University Directorate were given a tour of the Facility including VFA Factory processes and technologies. The Baton was delivered in a Hydrogen powered car supplied and driven by River Simple.

Awareness was raised of USW Sustaianble research work and the profile of the Hydrogen Energy Centre of Baglan was raised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description RAEng UK-China engineering collaboration on decarbonisation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Academy has embarked on a two year UK-China collaboration on decarbonisation technology and policy with the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and involving UKRI, BEIS, and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, which will help ensure that UK engineering thinking and technology is embedded in China's attempts to meet its 2060 net zero targets.

Mercedes Maroto-Valer was invited to join the steering committee for this collaborative endeavour.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Renewable Energy, Resources and Sustainable Technologies (Energytech 2022) 14/15 November 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact At the event project Mobile Energy Stored as Heat (MESH) delivered a presentation on the current activities in waste heat harvesting from industry. The team were invited to attend and work with Osaka University group
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Risk in decarbonisation finance event at Panmure House 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The event involves in five different presentation and panel discussion sessions. More than 30 participants from different industries and disciplines attended this event. At the event, we presented and showcased five of our working packages from our IDRIC project related to financial risk. In addition, audience were inspired and keen to exchange ideas with the presenters and other penal discussants - including other IDRIC projects. In the last session, we were honoured to have Prof Mercedes host the panel discussion to debate the solutions to channelling market capital to decarbonisation.

After this event, several attendees have expressed their interests in joining our following events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Royal Society Net Zero Aviation, Policy Briefing Reception 
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 The Royal Society Net Zero Aviation Policy Briefing was launched in Parliament with an opportunity to discuss findings from the report with invited guests. Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Professor Marcelle McManus and other IDRIC academics were at the event to discuss the report they had contributed to.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Royal Society of Chemistry (RCS): Chemistry and Climate Change: Perspectives on Decarbonisation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact IDRIC and Heriot Watt Assistant Professor Stephen Mansell organised at RSC local section evening event focussing on Chemistry and Climate Change: Perspectives on Decarbonisation. members of the RSC Edinburgh local section (particularly chemistry students) attended. IDRIC's Knowledge Exchange Manager delivered a talk about the UK's strategy for industrial decarbonisation and sat on a panel following this. The event stimulated the thinking of students introducing them to technologies such as CCUS and hydrogen and allowing them to consider the pros and cons, which sparked a lively debate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Scientific Gatherings II - Northern Power 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact IDRIC project Integration of co-produced oxygen from electrolysis to enable deep decarbonisation gave a presentation at Scientific Gatherings II - Northern Power. The event included networking from different disciplines and knowledge exchange.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://sruk.org.uk/ceru-events/scientific-gatherings-ii-northern-power/
 
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 Social Licence to Operate: Focus Group for the Humber Cluster 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact IDRIC's 'Protective space and social licence to operate industrial decarbonisation' project team hosted a Focus Group for the Humber Cluster, virtually through Zoom in December 2022 to better understand the public's perception of industrial decarbonisation in their local area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
 
Description Social Licence to Operate: Focus Groups for the NW Cluster 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact IDRIC's Protective space and social licence to operate industrial decarbonisation project team conducted focus groups for 9 members of the public living in the NW region, through Zoom in December 2022 to better understand the public's perception of industrial decarbonisation in their local area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Society of Petrochemical Engineers Conference: 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 Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Joe Howe spoke about industrial decarbonisation in the North West at the Society of Petrochemical Engineers Conference: Hydrogen's Role in Fuelling the Energy Transition
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Solent Cluster launch 
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 The Solent Cluster launch showed a cross-sector collaboration of international organisations, including manufacturers and engineering companies, regional businesses and industries, leading logistics and infrastructure operators and academic institutions, with decades of proven expertise in carbon capture and storage and hydrogen technology. IDRIC's Academic Cluster Lead for The Solent was heavily involved in organising this event and gave a one of the key talks. There were 130 attendees from businesses all over the South at the launch of The Solent Cluster, networking, sharing ambition for decarbonisation, and discussing potential collaborations.

Many of the business attendees met for the first time and therefore established links which could support the activities and collaboration across the Solent Cluster.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.southampton.ac.uk/news/2022/11/solent-cluster.page
 
Description Stepping up the Pace to Net Zero 
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 Professor Maroto-Valer was invited speak at the Stepping up the Pace to Net Zero workshop 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 Sustainability Summit, Dubai 
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 was invited to the Sustainability Summit to 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 2023
 
Description Sustainable Environment Graduation Dinner 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Prof. Alan Guwy, and representatives from TATA Steel (Byron Tucker and Gareth Lloyd) attended The Sustainable Environment Graduation Dinner hosted by the Vice Chancellor of the University. Future projects and collaboration opportunities were discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
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 The Capital Hydrogen Programme Webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact IDRIC's project Integration of co-produced oxygen from electrolysis to enable deep decarbonisation presented their findings to date at this webinar.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description The Forum for Global Challenges 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Forum for Global Challenges identifies, generates and shares solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. The programme focuses on creating multi-sector partnerships that can create real change, tackling the critical issues of climate change and inequality. 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 and was a discussion panel chair.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/global-goals/igi/forum-for-global-challenges.aspx
 
Description UAE Minister for Foreign Trade Delegation Visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Introduction and update on activities for both UAE and IDRIC. Professor Maroto-Valer and members of the team spoke 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 UAE-UK Business Council Energy 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 The UK and the UAE have both set ambitious targets for creating net zero economies, and the energy transition that is necessary to deliver this is already underway in both countries. In September 2021, a strategic partnership was announced between BP, Masdar and ADNOC to develop low carbon hydrogen hubs and decarbonised air corridors between the UK and the UAE. Masdar has also made significant investments into the UK wind sector in recent years. The event primarily focussed on: the road to net zero - what needs to be done over the next 5-10 years - focussing on retrofitting existing oil and gas assets to reduce their carbon footprint, CCS and other initiatives to decarbonise the fossil fuel industry, reskilling the energy industry for a post-carbon future, and financing of the energy transition. 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, and chair a discussion panel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
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 UK-Australia Industrial Decarbonisation Global Expert Mission 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Global Expert Missions (GEM) programme is funded by Innovate UK to support the Industrial Strategy's ambition for the UK to be the international partner of choice for science and innovation. Led by Innovate UK KTN, GEMs play an important role in building strategic partnerships, providing deep insight into the opportunities for UK innovation and shaping future bilateral collaboration programmes. 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
URL https://iuk.ktn-uk.org/programme/global-expert-missions/
 
Description UK-Taiwan Energy Innovation Workshop 
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 and Taiwan will hosted a series of workshops on 17-19 January to help build new links between low carbon energy experts and innovators.The workshop session considered Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage as a speaker to set out the UK's technology experience for carbon capture of gas-fired power. This was followed by a Q&A session to discuss the opportunities, challenges and solutions in developing and applying these technologies. Mercedes Maroto-Valer was involved with the workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description UKCCSRC Carbon Capture and Storage Research Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Conference Conference focussed on building capacity for CCS deployment and speakers from the UK reported on ongoing capacity initiatives, from the clusters on their latest capacity development plans as well as hearing from the UKCCSRC core and flexible funded research programmes. 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
URL https://ukccsrc.ac.uk/event/ukccsrc-network-conference-20-21-april-2022/
 
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 Visit from Sir Patrick Vallance (Chief Scientific Advisor) and Professor Julie Fitzpatrick (Chief Scientific Advisor for Scotland) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Sir Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Advisor, and Julie Fitzpatrick, Chief Scientific Advisor for Scotland, visited Heriot Watt University for a tour of Heriot Watt Research Centre for Carbon Solutions and to understand more about the IDRIC. Mercedes Maroto-Valer and some of the IDRIC central team and researchers spent time highlighting the successes of IDRIC and showing the value of IDRIC to the UK. Conversations were extremely positive, with a good understanding of how positive IDRIC can be for UK industrial decarbonisation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Visit to IDRIC by Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport, Michael Matheson 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Following the change in government, the Policy Team reached out to new government ministers for Climate, Science and Industry to introduce IDRIC and raise awareness of its work within the IDC. The Policy Team was able to facilitate a visit from the Scottish Cabinet Minister for Net Zero, Michael Matheson at Heriot-Watt University to discuss how IDRIC and its research can support the government's decarbonisation agenda.

The meeting resulted in the Cabinet Secretary instructing his officials to increase engagement with IDRIC. Subsequently the IDRIC team and SG have entered discussions on how they can provide mutual support.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
URL https://idric.org/cabinet-secretary-visit-explores-scotlands-strengths-for-net-zero-and-industrial-d...
 
Description Visit to Pilot plant facilities at University of South Wales 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On July 11th Project partners from the University of Bath visited the pilot plant installations at TATA steel and at the Baglan Hydrogen Energy Centre. Discussions were also held to transfer knowledge regarding these plants for modelling within the LCA process.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Vitoria-Gasteiz Green Cities Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Vitoria-Gasteiz was awarded a Global Green Cities Award and was distinguished for the policies developed in the field of sustainability. 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 Webinar 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 Other audiences
Results and Impact Nick Pidgeon presentation at Scientific Advice for Policy in Europe (SAPEA) webinar. Transitioning to new energy systems. 11 October 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.sapea.info/events/transitioning-to-new-energy-systems-what-impact-will-it-have-on-societ...
 
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 Working Group meetings during course of Large-scale deployment of a hydrogen energy system project 
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 Industry, consultancies and environmental regulators an wider stakeholder engagement to define, monitor and review project outputs to ensure the large-scale deployment of a hydrogen energy system project was of maximum benefit to industry
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022,2023
 
Description Working Group meetings during course of project Development of competence, skills and training for the transition to hydrogen 
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 Working group comprising industry, consultancies and wider stakeholder were engaged to define, monitor and review project outputs ensuring the findings were fit for purpose to be of use to industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022
 
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...
 
Description Workshop organisation: IDRIC-Supergen joint workshop on thermo-mechanical energy storage for decarbonization 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This workshop was organised by the UK Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC) and Supergen Energy Storage Network+, and hosted by Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage (BCES), the University of Birmingham. This Workshop was a hybrid event with a mix of presentations from industry experts and academies (including Innovatium, Baker Hughes, SPECIFIC, Durham University, Swansea University, University of Leeds, Imperial College London, Technical University of Denmark, University of Birmingham etc.). More than 50 participants from different universities/industries attended this workshop physically, and more than 50 participants joined online; the workshop has been recorded and the slides have been collated, which have been shared with a wider audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.eventbrite.com/e/idric-supergen-joint-thermo-mechanical-energy-storage-workshop-tickets-...
 
Description Workshop organisation: IDRIC-Supergen-HiCAES joint workshop 'energy storage for industrial decarbonisation' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This workshop was organised by the UK Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC), EPSRC funded HiCAES project and Supergen Energy Storage Network+, and hosted by Durham university. This Workshop was a hybrid event with a mix of presentations from industry experts and academies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description World Energy Storage Conference 22 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation delivered by IDRIC's Mobile Energy Stored as Heat (MESH) project on charge studies related to IDRIC programme. This lead to an offer for further collaborative work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://uobevents.eventsair.com/wesc/
 
Description eceee Zero Carbon Industry - policy drivers for change conference session, Antwerp 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact IDRIC's project 'Learning from international experience in decarbonising industrial clusters' gave a presentation at the eceee Zero Carbon Industry - policy drivers for change conference session, Antwerp, Belgium
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022