Images of climate innovation

Carbon future at a crossroads

This amine capture plant is helping us to discover new ways to remove, reduce and recycle carbon emissions, and helping us to sustainably fuel our future. The Translational Energy Research Centre at the University of Sheffield is discovering ways to capture carbon from emissions and use it to develop fuels made with hydrogen, natural biowastes and renewable energy, so future fuels can benefit the planet as well as the passengers.

A building under construction

The Amine Capture Plant at the Translational Energy Research Centre is a pilot-scale testing facility for capturing carbon from fossil-fuel-filled emissions. Using this technology, we can remove carbon from emissions, and develop our understanding of how we can produce sustainable fuels.

The tall structure and shiny pipes, and all of the high-tech equipment inside, enable the development, evaluation and optimisation of a variety of key energy chemicals, and allow energy performance studies to help the world to find fuels and solutions that drive us towards a carbon-free future. The carbon capture research at the Translational Energy Research Centre is part of a centre-wide, connected approach to developing and testing all sorts of new methods of generating and using renewable and zero-carbon energy.

The Amine Capture Plant shown here can be connected to other state-of-the-art equipment at the centre in order to carry out research on liquid fuel produce from biomass and biowaste, and using hydrogen which is produced by the solar panels on the roof of the building. By understanding the process and optimising it to its fullest, the Amine Capture Plant helps to clean up our air and accelerate the UK's ability to reach net-zero emissions.

The Translational Energy Research Centre is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Entrant: Rhianne Spurden , University of Sheffield

Copyright: Rhianne Spurden

Funding: European Regional Development Fund, the Dept for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the University of Sheffield.