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1 Energy Technologies Research Institute towards a sustainable future ERDF Project: Accelerating a Low Carbon Economy Colin Snape

2 Energy Technologies Research Institute towards a sustainable future ALCE builds upon the University of Nottinghams Energy Technologies Research Institute (ETRI) Major international centre for energy RD&D across a range of themes £50M current portfolio > tripled in 3 years University of Nottingham Innovation Park

3 Energy Technologies Research Institute towards a sustainable future Energy Technologies Research Institute (ETRI) 60 researchers as PIs or Co-Is on current grants 3 Faculties, over 13 disciplines Engineering: electrical, mechanical, chemical, civil, buildings Science: chemistry, biosciences, physics, maths, computing Social science: geography, economics, business David Wilson Millennium Eco-House

4 Energy Technologies Research Institute towards a sustainable future ETRI R&D Themes 1.Cleaner fossil energy 2.Renewable energy generation and storage 3.Flexible electrical systems 4.Bio-fuels 5.Hydrogen storage 6.Low energy buildings 7.Environment and social management ASGARD facility: underground CO 2 release

5 Energy Technologies Research Institute towards a sustainable future Midlands Energy Consortium (MEC) Partnership Nottingham, Birmingham, Loughborough, Wide collaboration on energy research and teaching Unrivalled concentration of energy related RD&D within the UK Hosts Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) Midlands Energy Graduate School (MEGS) –training next generation of highly skilled personnel for energy industry and academia MEC - Aachen University MoU signing

6 Energy Technologies Research Institute towards a sustainable future (ii) (iv) (iii) (v) Novel Adsorbents for CO 2 Capture Pre and post-combustion capture application. One of best performing materials in independent worldwide study ADA-ES (US-DOE DE-NT ) Novel regeneration techniques and mechanisms published Leading large R&D activity to develop and scale-up technology (i) Drage T.C. Blackman J.M. Pevida C. and Snape C.E Energy & Fuels, 23, 2790–2796. (ii) Drage T.C., Arenillas A., Smith K.M. And Snape C.E. Micropor. & Mesopor. Mats. 2008, 116, (iii) Drage T.C., Pevida C. and Snape C.E. Carbon, 2008, 46, (iv) Drage T.C., Arenillas A., Smith K.M., Pevida C., Piippo S. and Snape C.E., Fuel 86, (v) Arenillas A., Drage T.C., Smith K. and Snape C.E., J. Anal. and Appl. Pyrolysis, 74,

7 Energy Technologies Research Institute towards a sustainable future Cleaner fossil energy and CO 2 capture Programme encompasses whole spectrum of cleaner coal and CO 2 capture technologies, oil, biomass conversion and pollutant control and involves 10 academics. EPSRC - E.ON awards covering adsorbents, oxyfuel combustion and CO 2 transport (Snape and Drage, £2M). China links – EPSRC collaborative projects and ICUK commercialisation award on adsorbents (£1.7M) Maroto-Valer - £1M EPSRC Challenging Engineering Award. Engineering Doctoral Centre (£9M), EPSRC - over 10 industrial partners producing 60 PhDs.

8 Energy Technologies Research Institute towards a sustainable future Integrated Compressed Air Renewable Energy Systems Ultra-large direct-compression wind turbines have much lower costs per kW(e) output than conventional direct-gen. machines Energy can then be stored directly at very low costs (<£10K/MWh) Marginal energy loss of energy through storage <15%. Garvey, S.D. Structural Capacity and the 20MW Wind Turbine. IMechE Part A: Journal of Power and Energy, Dec Accepted subject to modifications. (Preprint Pimm, A.J. and Garvey, S.D.. Analysis of Flexible Structures for Large-Scale Subsea Compressed Air Energy Storage. 7 th Int. Conf. on Modern Practice in Stress and Vibration Analysis. (IoP). Cambridge Sept Patents filed and several other papers

9 Energy Technologies Research Institute towards a sustainable future Highlight: UNIFLEX Major EU project led by Nottingham to research a cellular electrical power flow controller Paradigm shift in network control –Instantaneous power control –Asynchronous networks –Flexible protection –Reconfigurable Prototype (built at Nottingham) will be the control hub of the 0.5 MW Smart Grid research laboratory 8 journal papers from Nottingham are included in the Issue 4 Dec 2009 Journal of EPE Special Issue on Power Electronics for the Future Energy Networks

10 Energy Technologies Research Institute towards a sustainable future Bioenergy: Lignocellulosic Conversion To Ethanol Aim: Sustainable conversion of waste lignocellulosic biomass into ethanol Collaborations: –Industrial - Bioethanol Ltd, Briggs, BP British Sugar, Coors Ltd, DSM, HGCA, Lallemand, Pusuit Dynamics, SABMiller, SWRI –International: EBI (USA), JBEI (USA), Embrapa (Brazil), Tsinghua (China), VTT (Finland) Patents and Publications: T.imasalena, S. Nicholls and K.A. Smart. (2009) Patent PCT/GB2009/050928, Yeast Strain Discrimination. 9 publications since 2007 covering gene transcription, petite mutants and oxidative stresses of yeast including: (i) B.R. Gibson, C.A. Boulton, W.G. Box, N.S. Graham, S.J. Lawrence, R.S.T. Linforth and K.A. Smart. Differential yeast gene transcription during brewery propagation. J. of the American Society of Brewing Chemists, 2010, doi: /ASBCJ ; (ii) B.R. Gibson, C.A. Boulton, W.G. Box, N.S. Graham, S.J. Lawrence, R.S.T. Linforth and K.A. Smart. Amino acid uptake and yeast gene transcription during industrial brewery fermentation. J. of the American Society of Brewing Chemists, 2009, 67(3), ; (iii) C.L. Jenkins, S.J. Lawrence, A.I. Kennedy, P. Thurston, J.A. Hodgson and K.A. Smart. Incidence and formation of petite mutants in lager brewing yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae (syn S. pastorianus) populations. J. of the American Society of Brewing Chemists, 2009, 67(2), Linforth Digestion Screen Fermentation Life Cycle Analysis (Bath, Nottingham) Social and Ethical Dimensions Nottingham) Farm Adapt (Nottingham) Chemical/Physical Disruption Fungal Enzyme Discovery Novel Yeast Strains

11 Energy Technologies Research Institute towards a sustainable future Nanoporous Hydrogen Storage Materials Schroder, Chem; Walker, Eng. Design and synthesis of MOFs and nanoporous carbons with controlled pore architecture. High surface areas >3000 m 2 g -1. High hydrogen capacities (10 20 bar, 77K). Fast kinetics and excellent cyclability. Neutron expts to probe H 2 interactions. Collaborations: GM, EU, USA. £3 M research funding. X Lin, I Telepeni, A J Blake, et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 131 (2009) X Lin, J Jia, X Zhao, et al., Angewandte Chem. International Edition, 45 (2006) Y Xia, G S Walker, D M Grant, R Mokaya, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 131 (2009) 16493). Nanoporous carbons (Walker, Eng; Mokaya, Chem) MOF cage architecture (Schroder, Chem) H 2 sorption sites (Walker, Eng.)

12 Energy Technologies Research Institute towards a sustainable future Ventilation/Air Quality BIRNIE, M., GILLOTT, M. and RIFFAT.S., The immobilization of titanium dioxide on organic polymers, for a cost effective and energy efficient means of improving indoor air quality. International Journal of Green Energy, 3(1), PATENT: A Photocatalytic Mop Fan for Air Cleaning, PCT/GB03/ & Euro Patent Mop Fan Technology A flexible mop fan for removing particles and gases pollutants A photocatalyst, titanium dioxide, is immobilised on the fibres (polymers/optics) The mop is bathed in ultraviolet light by a UV lamp

13 Energy Technologies Research Institute towards a sustainable future Environment and society Alleviating energy poverty, CHP stove Rural India – participation in renewable energy approaches India networks – addressing both technology and societal issues. SCORE stove generating heat and electricity

14 Energy Technologies Research Institute towards a sustainable future Dedicated Buildings (> £20M investment) Energy RD&D, labs, knowledge exchange space Low carbon exemplar: BREEAM Outstanding 2100m 2 on award winning Jubilee Campus Innovation Park c. £10M investment: –£5M UoN –£2.8M ERDF –£1M Wolfson Design for Energy Technologies Building (completion summer 2011) Energy Technologies Building

15 Energy Technologies Research Institute towards a sustainable future Bioenergy Centre,Sutton Bonington Completion 2011 Laboratory Scale Conversion Plant Liquid and Solid State Fermentation Suites Analytical Laboratories Molecular and Microbiology Laboratories Housing: BBSRC Sustainable Bioenergy Centre Programme LACE Food and Biofuel Innovation Centre Brewing Research Facility Dedicated Buildings Bioenergy Centre

16 Energy Technologies Research Institute towards a sustainable future China Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies (Ningbo Campus) Collaborations: –Chinese Academy of Sciences –Tsinghua University –Southeast University –Shanghai Research Institute for Building Science –Sichuan University –Zhejiang University –Chongqing University … CSET building, Ningbo campus, China

17 Energy Technologies Research Institute towards a sustainable future ALCE: What will it do? Accelerate the low carbon economy in the region Showcase emerging low carbon technologies through unique R&D and demonstration facilities. Providing focused postgraduate training to improve the regional knowledge and skills base This will catalyze increased regional business innovation Pellets capturing CO 2 using amine polymer

18 Energy Technologies Research Institute towards a sustainable future Workpackage A: Outreach Information and networking events Annual conference Topic workshops Demonstration Coordinating with others events Referrals Light pipe in universitys Eco House

19 Energy Technologies Research Institute towards a sustainable future B: New energy building BREEAM Outstanding Energy technologies e.g.: hydrogen refuelling station, electric vehicle charging, energy storage, H fuel cell, biomass CHP, pv… 700 m 2 Labs, 600 m 2 prototyping hall, 500 m 2 offices (60 staff, 60 PGRs) and 300 m 2 amenities Creative Energy Homes, University Park

20 Energy Technologies Research Institute towards a sustainable future C: Enhancing energy RD&D capacity New RD&D facilities, e.g. super- capacitor and bio-refining UoN and business use Graduate placements (KTP, dissertations, sponsored PhDs, vacation) Graduate Placement Fund (salary and travel) 5 new PhDs Prototype supercapacitor

21 Energy Technologies Research Institute towards a sustainable future D: smart energy community Smart networks RD&D Initially energy building + creative energy homes Expand after 2-3 years Industry: test devices in operating conditions Government: showcase capability First virtual energy community? UNIFLEX Controller

22 Energy Technologies Research Institute towards a sustainable future Timescales months from April 2010: 1-4: appointments 4+ : smart grid RD&D 6 : Launch event 7+ : events, placements 8-21: energy building (Jan, 2012) 24+: energy community expansion MOF polymer for world-record H storage

23 Energy Technologies Research Institute towards a sustainable future Contact Melanie Watts Project Manager


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