A flexibly integrated solution for gas compression and industrial thermal processing decarbonisation

IDRIC Project MIP 4.2

University of Birmingham
Swansea University

Background

Gas Compression (GC) and Industrial Thermal Processing (ITP) are two major and often co-located CO2 emission hot spots within industrial clusters (ICs), contributing >5MT CO2/year to UK emissions. Both GC and ITP processes in ICs are highly energy-intensive and inefficient.

Prof Yulong Ding

Prof Yulong Ding

Principal Investigator
University of Birmingham

Project Team

Co-I : Prof. Tony Roskilly, Durham University

Co-I: Prof. David Worsley, Swansea University

Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage – University of Birmingham:
Dr Yongliang Li
Dr Adriano Sciacovelli
Dr Jonathan Radcliffe
Dr Grant Wilson
Dr Tontong Zhang
Dr Song Yang
Dr Mengqu Bai
Dr Benjamin Gregoire
Dr Hongkun Ma
Dr Robin Fisher

Swansea University:
Dr. Jonathon Elvins,

Department Of Engineering – Durham University
Dr Zhiwei Ma
Dr Ruiqi Wang

Aim

The aims are to develop and demonstrate integrated and flexible solutions to address key technological challenges, to accelerate the IC decarbonisation and to facilitate the ICs to support wider energy network decarbonisation. The specific academic objectives of the project are:

  • To flexibly integrate GC and ITP to give cost-effective and resilient decarbonisation solutions compatible with both existing (high-carbon) and future (net-zero-carbon) ICs;
  • To ensure the proposed solutions support current and future local, national and international energy networks infrastructure including Mobile Energy Stored as Heat (MESH);
  • To enhance the resilience of the proposed solutions to support business evolution within ICs;
  • To dynamically and synergistically balance IC energy and compressed gas supply with demand in a cost-effective manner that also supports local multi-vector energy networks;
  • To help enhance the competitiveness of IC companies, leading to the creation and protection of jobs in IC regions and their supply chains.

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Meet the Team

Team 1

Prof Tony Roskilly

Durham University

Team 1

Prof David Worsley

Swansea University

Dr. Jonathon Elvins

Jon Elvins

Dr. Jonathon Elvins

Swansea University

Dr Tontong Zhang

Dr Tontong Zhang

University of Birmingham

Dr Jonathan Radcliffe, University of Birmingham

Dr Jonathan Radcliffe

University of Birmingham

Dr Yongliang Li: University of Birmingham

Dr Yongliang Li

University of Birmingham

Dr Adriano Sciacovelli, University of Birmingham

Dr Adriano Sciacovelli

University of Birmingham

Dr Zhiwei Ma, Durham University

Dr Zhiwei Ma

Durham University

Grant Wilson

Dr Grant Wilson

University of Birmingham

Dr Song Yang

Dr Song Yang

Birmingham Centre of Energy Storage – University of Birmingham

Dr Mengqu Bai

Dr Mengqu Bai

Birmingham Centre of Energy Storage – University of Birmingham

Dr Benjamin Gregoire

Dr Benjamin Gregoire

University of Birmingham

Dr Hongkun Ma

Dr Hongkun Ma

Birmingham Centre of Energy Storage – University of Birmingham

Robin Fisher

Dr Robin Fisher

University of Birmingham

Dr Ruiqi Wang

Dr Ruiqi Wang

Department Of Engineering – Durham University

Team 1

Prof Tony Roskilly

Durham University

Team 1

Prof David Worsley

Swansea University

Dr Yongliang Li: University of Birmingham

Dr Yongliang Li

University of Birmingham

Dr Adriano Sciacovelli, University of Birmingham

Dr Adriano Sciacovelli

University of Birmingham

Dr Jonathan Radcliffe, University of Birmingham

Dr Jonathan Radcliffe

University of Birmingham

Grant Wilson

Dr Grant Wilson

University of Birmingham

Dr. Jonathon Elvins, Swansea University

Dr. Jonathon Elvins

Swansea University

Dr Zhiwei Ma, Durham University

Dr Zhiwei Ma

Durham University

Dr Tontong Zhang

Dr Tontong Zhang

University of Birmingham

Dr Song Yang

Dr Song Yang

Birmingham Centre of Energy Storage – University of Birmingham

Dr Mengqu Bai

Dr Mengqu Bai

Birmingham Centre of Energy Storage – University of Birmingham

Dr Benjamin Gregoire

Dr Benjamin Gregoire

University of Birmingham

Dr Hongkun Ma

Dr Hongkun Ma

Birmingham Centre of Energy Storage – University of Birmingham

Robin Fisher

Dr Robin Fisher

University of Birmingham

Dr Ruiqi Wang

Dr Ruiqi Wang

Department Of Engineering – Durham University

Associated Outputs

The 1st IDRIC-Sugergen joint workshop on Thermomechanical Energy Storage was successfully held at the University of Birmingham on 23 June 2022;

A perspective paper ‘Mobile energy recovery and storage: Multiple energy-powered EVs and refuelling stations’ has been published;

The patent for the ‘Mobile Energy Stored as Heat (MESH) system’ has been filed.

Investigate Further

Our team has made many efforts to enhance the dissemination and knowledge exchange of our work. We have been working with IEA Tasks partners (Task 36 Carnot Batteries) and Supergen Energy Storage Network+ etc, meeting and collaborating with industrial partners across different Industrial Clusters (including Siemens Energy and Mettis aerospace etc.), and attending international workshops and conferences (including 3rd International Workshop on Carnot Batteries and World Energy Storage Conference 2022 etc.) to promote our work supported by IDRIC. We also keep on disseminating our work on the Twitter (@BCES_UoB).

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