ECRA Humber Sandpit

On 6th-8th February 2024, IDRIC’s Early Career Researcher Academy (ECRA) visited the Humber cluster to see first-hand the scale of the industrial decarbonisation deployment projects and better understand the challenges industry face to decarbonise. The event included site visits to Phillips 66 and VPI Immingham that enabled ECRs to hear from and discuss with on-site engineers the details of the decarbonisation plans at their sites.

The site visits were followed by an excellent two-day challenge sandpit hosted at CATCH UK and led by AnchoredIn. The ECRs worked together to ideate potential innovative solutions for three in-situ challenges set by local Humber industry that outlined their key challenges to reduce emissions and reach net zero.  AnchoredIn facilitators provided a step-by-step guide on how to take those research ideas and translate them into a business pitch. At the end of the two days the teams pitched these solutions to the challenge-setters.

The researchers used their expertise in their respective fields to develop multidisciplinary solutions. The quality of the pitches was remarkable in the time given and it was noted that there is scope to develop these solutions, with potential commercialisation opportunities.

We thank our industry challenge setters for their support, VPI and Phillips 66 for arranging site visits and AnchoredIn for their facilitation.

To find out more about how IDRIC are supporting our ECRs, visit the ECRA webpage.