Accelerating the deployment of cost-competitive advanced carbon capture technologies for industrial decarbonisation

IDRIC Project MIP 6.1

Heriot Watt University
Research Centre for Carbon Solutions


For each industrial sector, the most efficient and cost-effective capture technology will depend on the characteristics of the CO2 source, CO2 destination/sink, the specific location, and local resources. Although some capture technologies are already operated at industrial scale (e.g. amine-based capture), these may not be optimal for all required applications and may need to be adapted. Advanced tailored sorbent-based technologies allow flexible operation together with reduced capital and operational costs as they offer higher capture capacities and significantly lower energy penalties than the current state of the art systems. In the past decade, significant breakthroughs in separation science have been made through the discovery of novel nanoporous materials (e.g., Metal-Organic-Frameworks). However, to fully utilize the potential of these materials, the integration between materials science and process engineering is required. The lack of such integration has been identified as one of the key bottlenecks that limit the prospect of novel materials for CCUS technologies to reach the market.

Prof Susana Garcia

Prof Susana Garcia

Principal Investigator
Research Centre for Carbon Solutions, Heriot-Watt University

Project Team


Research Centre for Carbon Solutions, Heriot-Watt University:

Dr Charithea Charalambous

Aims and Objectives

This project aims to seize the economic opportunity and fast-track the route to market of advanced cost-competitive sorbent-based capture technologies for industrial decarbonisation.

The measurable objectives are the development of the following:

    • A database of the characteristics for the different CO2 sources and potential sink options for the different industrial emitters
    • A list of top-performing materials
    • A roadmap and recommendations of the best capture technologies to take forward
    • An R&D policy briefing document
    • The development of training courses/modules

More Detail

This project will accelerate and create impact by:

  • Providing the evidence required to inform R&D decision and policymakers on the technical and cost potential offered by novel tailored sorbent-based capture technologies
  • Identifying the most cost-effective capture technology for the different CO2 source/sink combinations identified in the industrial clusters
  • Delivering the required training and digital platforms that can seize the economic breakthrough opportunities that sorbent-based capture technologies can offer
  • Integrating materials with process design to tailor make carbon capture solutions that are optimally tuned for local sources and sinks
  • Decreasing the time to market of affordable, cost-competitive, low environmental impact and resource-efficient advanced capture technologies

Meet the Team


Team 1

Dr Charithea Charalambous

Research Centre for Carbon Solutions, Heriot-Watt University


Team 1

Dr Charithea Charalambous

Research Centre for Carbon Solutions, Heriot-Watt University

Planned Outputs

The main impacts and outcomes of the project can be classified as economic, R&D policy-making and knowledge-based/capacity building, and include:

1) identification of optimal, i.e. most cost-efficient, capture technologies for different CO2 sources/sinks combinations identified in the industrial clusters

2) fast-track the deployment of cost-competitive advanced capture technologies

3) establishing a workflow for benchmarking and comparison with other capture technologies

4) transferring learning by providing training and an open-access digital platform

Investigate Further

More information about the open-access digital platform can be found here.