Funding award for EU-US collaboration on carbon capture



"what captured CO2 molecules would see: an example of the internal surface of a PrISMa material"

Heriot-Watt University has received funding of €2.9M for the PrISMa (“Process-Informed design of tailor-made Sorbent Materials for energy efficient carbon capture”) project,  from the Accelerating CCS Technologies (ACT) Initiative.

The PrISMa project aims to accelerate the transition of energy and industrial sectors to a low-carbon economy by developing a technology platform to tailor-make cost-efficient carbon capture solutions for a range of different CO2 sources and CO2 use/destinations.  

To achieve this goal PrISMa unites the efforts of world-leading research teams from Heriot-Watt University (HWU), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in the USA, and SINTEF Energy Research (SINTEF-ER) in Norway. 

These teams have the expertise to bridge the gap between molecular sciences (LBNL and EPFL) and process engineering (SINTEF-ER and HWU).  The team is supported by market-leading companies and non-governmental organizations, which are committed to minimize CO2 emissions of their industrial sectors and will provide case studies and maximise knowledge exchange and impact of PrISMa.

The ambition of ACT is to facilitate the emergence of Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) via transnational funding aimed at accelerating and maturing CCUS technology through targeted innovation and research activities.

Project Coordinator and Principal Investigator, Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering and Associate Director on Carbon Capture and Storage at the Research Center for Carbon Solutions (RCCS), Susana Garcia, said:

“I can´t be more proud of leading a team of world-leading experts that have joined me in this exciting venture. Our enthusiasm for PrISMa has already resulted in breakthrough results that we will be able to share very soon!”

The world has a concerted effort to minimize CO2 emissions from any source, either through reuse of emitted CO2 as feedstock for fuel or the chemical industry or permanently preventing the CO2 from escaping into the atmosphere through geological storage. 

The technological challenge is to reduce the effective price of carbon by optimizing capture technologies for many different sources of CO2 and integrating a diverse range of applications for CO2 as a feedstock. The PrISMa project will tackle that challenge and will initiate a systematic thinking about efficient solutions to mitigate CO2 emissions from different local CO2 sources that are optimal for a specific local setting.

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