An alliance of researchers from the UK, Norway and Greece has been ranked top in a Europe-wide funding call and will receive €670,000 towards research into innovative carbon capture technology.

The international team of capture engineers will now develop a research programme, which will include an evaluation of innovative CO2 capture processes based on selective adsorption of CO2 in metal organic framework (MOF) materials.

The joint proposal by the University of Edinburgh, SINTEF of Norway, and Greece’s Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) was one of 20 submissions received by FENCO-NET, a European grouping committed to encouraging fossil energy research collaborations across international borders.

The project was the only one of nine UK-led proposals to be awarded funding by FENCO-NET, and it will now receive its share from a total funding pot of €2m. Another three trans-national research collaborations, which include UK partners, were also selected for funding.

Carbon capture forms part of a full-chain of technologies, which could clean up carbon dioxide emissions from fossil-fuel burning facilities, such as power plants, if used at commercial scale. Once captured, the CO2 can ultimately be stored permanently deep below ground in geological formations.

A research programme will now be developed, which will include:

  • An evaluation of new, innovative CO2 capture processes based on selective adsorption of CO2 in metal organic framework (MOF) materials
  • The synthesis, characterisation, formulation and evaluation of selected MOFs for vacuum swing adsorption (VSA) post-combustion capture
  • Investigation and improvement of adsorbent stability and efficiency in post-combustion carbon capture processes
  • The modelling of mass and heat transfer kinetics to enable accurate process simulations needed to help reduce costs and energy usage associated with carbon capture units
  • The optimal design and operation of VSA process at bench and industrial scale.