It was announced last week that grants which total £13.6m have been awarded to 3 ground breaking, engineering research projects that are promising to assist in the solving of some major problems currently facing the UK. This flagship research, which is being funded by EPSRC, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, will be embracing 3 distinct areas.
These are the reusing of carbon, the fundamental designs of major infrastructure constructions and the way in which the complex fluid flow behaviours are predicted. These 3 projects have far reaching implications in the transportation of both gas and oil in the pipelines, and even far beyond that.
David Delpy is the chief executive of EPSRC, and he says that the research being carried out is significant, and will bring about more green advances in industrial practices at a time when Britain need to up its game and prepare for further growth.
He added that the research into reusing carbon would greatly help to reduce the country’s carbon footprint, new techniques in design would build safer structures and the way the UK works would be changed through new industrial models. Mr Delpy finished by saying that these projects were very exciting, and demonstrated the role that fundamental engineering and science could play in the economy’s future.
The research for the reuse of carbon is being headed by Prof. Ray Allen from the University of Sheffield’s Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering. The team, based in Sheffield, has received a grant worth £4.5m to look at new ways of efficiently capturing CO2 and then study ways in which it can be converted into fuel. The team will also be working to ensure that the outcomes of the research will be both economically viable and sustainable.