14 May 2020

A Briefing on the Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre

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SCI’s Energy Group

Free Online Webinar - Thursday 11:00 -12:00 (UK Time)

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The Government have mandated that by 2050, the UK will cut greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero. A key technology that the UK is well placed to exploit is carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS). Of the variety of technologies available to decarbonise the UK Energy System, the latest modelling by the Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) and the CCC shows CCUS to be a vital necessity.

The UK Government’s Industrial Clusters mission aims to establish the world’s first net-zero carbon industrial cluster by 2040 and at least one low-carbon cluster by 2030. This plan is underwritten by a £170m public investment through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). The £20m Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC) is a critical element of this funding package. 

In this webinar, Professor Maroto-Valer, will provide a briefing on the progress and activities of IDRIC on their work with industry, academia, policymakers and other stakeholders to develop a multidisciplinary research and innovation agenda to decarbonise the UK’s largest six industrial clusters (Humberside, South Wales, Grangemouth, Teesside, North West and Southampton). Professor Maroto-Valer will outline the next steps, activities and opportunities for engagement, with the opportunities for questions afterwards.

This webinar will act as a precursor for the SCI Energy Group’s October conference, “Future opportunities for CO2: the chemistry of carbon dioxide and its role in decarbonisation”, where we will hear from industry and academic researchers who are exploring future CO2 capture, transport and storage techniques and scenarios; new and emerging CO2 capture and conditioning technologies; and the variety of opportunities being explored to utilise captured CO2.



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Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Heriot-Watt University, Newly appointed IDRIC champion

Prof Maroto-Valer (FRSE, FIChemE, FRSC, FRSA) is leading the development of the UK Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC). She is also Associate Principal (Global Sustainability) and Director of the Research Centre for Carbon Solutions (RCCS) at Heriot-Watt University.

Mercedes has held academic appointments at the University of Kentucky (1997-1998), Pennsylvania State University (1998-2004), University of Nottingham (2005-2012) and Heriot-Watt University (2012-now). Mercedes obtained her PhD in 1997 at the University of Strathclyde (Scotland). Following a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Applied Energy Research (CAER) at the University of Kentucky in US, she moved to the Pennsylvania State University in US, where she worked as Research Fellow and from 2001 as Assistant Professor and became Program Coordinator for Sustainable Energy. She joined the University of Nottingham as Reader in 2005 and within 3 years she was promoted to Professor in Energy Technologies. During her time at Nottingham she was the Head of the Energy and Sustainability Research Division at the Faculty of Engineering. She joined Heriot-Watt University in 2012 as the first Robert Buchan Chair in Sustainable Engineering and she has been Director of the cross-university Energy Academy and Head of the Institute of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering.

In addition, she has over 475 publications, including editor of 4 books and 25% of her publications are in top 10% most cited worldwide.

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