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EPSRC Reference: EP/V027050/1
Title: Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC)
Principal Investigator: Maroto-Valer, Professor M
Other Investigators:
van der Spek, Dr M W Lockwood, Dr M F Taylor, Professor P
Ling Chin, Dr J Geels, Professor FW Renforth, Dr P
Maddy, Mr J McManus, Professor MC Andresen, Professor J
Roskilly, Professor AP Trusler, Professor J Teagle, Professor DAH
Hardalupas, Professor Y Worsley, Professor D Bowen, Professor P
Devine-Wright, Professor P Guwy, Professor A Shah, Professor N
Strachan, Professor N Garcia Lopez, Professor S Christopoulos, Professor DD
McGregor, Professor H Armstrong, Dr L Radcliffe, Professor J
Sovacool, Professor B Hough, Mr E Gough, Dr C
Pearce, Mr JM Akhurst, Dr MC Pourkashanian, Professor M
Irvine, Professor J Durucan, Professor S Dawood, Professor N
Pidgeon, Professor NF Brandon, Professor NP Korre, Professor A
Taylor, Professor G Ding, Professor Y Barron, Professor A R
Howe, Professor J M
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Air Products and Chemicals Aker Solutions Aurelia Turbines Oy
Bellona Foundation (International) Black Country LEP Business in the Community
Calgavin Ltd (Birmingham) Celsa Steel UK Centrica Storage Limited
Ceres Power Ltd Chemical Industries Association Ltd China Huaneng Group
Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Inno Committee on Climate Change Confederation of Paper Industries
CR Plus Ltd Decarbonised Gas Alliance (DGA) Department for the Economy (NI)
Diageo Great Britain Limited Doosan Power Systems Drax Power Limited
Drochaid Research Services Limited Element Energy Ltd Energy Technology Partnership
Engineering Construction Equinor Food & Drink Federation
Future South Future Towns Innovation Hub Glass Futures Ltd
Henry Royce Institute Highview Power Storage Humber Local Enterprise Partnership(LEP)
IBioIC (Industrial Biotech Innov Ctr) Ineos Innovatium Group Limited
Integrated Environmental Solutions Ltd ITM Power Plc JJ Bioenergy Ltd
John Wood Group plc Johnson Matthey Liberty Steel UK
Low Emissions Resources Global, Ltd Membranology National Engineering Laboratory
NECCUS North East Process Industry ClusterNEPIC North West Business Leadership Team
North West Hydrogen Alliance Northern Gas Networks Northern Powergrid
NSG Group (UK) Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult OGTC (formerly Oil and Gas Tech Centre)
Oil and Gas Authority Optimat Pale Blue Dot
Peel L&P Environmental Limited Petroineos Manufacturing Scotland Ltd Princes Foods
Progressive Energy Limited Quantum ES RFC Power
Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) Scottish Environmental Protection Agency Scottish Hydrogen& Fuel Cell Association
Sembcorp Energy UK Limited Siemens SP Energy Networks
Tata Steel Limited Tees Valley Combined Authority The Manufacturing Technology Centre Ltd
Tyseley Energy Park Limited UK Petroleum Industry Association Ltd UK Steel
UK-CPI (dup'e) Uniper Technologies Ltd. UnitBirwelco Ltd
University of Oxford Vale Europe Limited VPI Immingham
Welsh Water (Dwr Cymru)
Department: Sch of Engineering and Physical Science
Organisation: Heriot-Watt University
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 April 2021 Ends: 31 May 2024 Value (£): 19,903,412
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Bioenergy Carbon Capture & Storage
Sustainable Energy Vectors
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Manufacturing Environment
Energy R&D
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
11 Aug 2020 ISCF Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre- Full Proposal Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
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.

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