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Dr Tanja Radu
University of Manchester:
Dr Dongda Zhang
Heriot Watt University:
Prof Bing Zhu
To demonstrate the continuous operation, stability and technoeconomic potential of the system for capturing industrial carbon emissions, by co-creating a business case and demonstration case study to evaluate at-scale implementation within the UK’s industrial clusters.
The project consists of three interconnected work packages to develop, evaluate and design commercial-scale systems for algae-based carbon capture and utilisation.
Work package 1 seeks to demonstrate continuous operation of a new two-stage concept for capturing industrial waste carbon into an aqueous carbonate solution, which is subsequently used as carbon source for algae-based utilisation. The concept reduces the number and complexity of processing units associated with CO2 capture, compression and temporary storage and facilitates its transport to external algae cultivation facilities.
Work package 2 will develop whole-system models to identify and optimise the most viable configurations for the algae-based carbon capture and utilisation system developed in WP1. Different types of photobioreactors will be explored (e.g., floating reactor, artificial illumination) and combined with site-specific data to conduct full technoeconomic analysis and scale-up predictions.
Work package 3 focuses on stakeholder engagement and impact generation. Working with our partners, industrial clusters and policymakers we will gather critical information from existing clusters to inform technology development in WPs 1 and 2. Technical findings will then be combined with stakeholder interviews to build a business case for alternative algae-based CO2 capture configurations and routes to market.
Previous scientific publications of our proof-of concept work on algae-based carbon capture and utilisation available via Loughborough repository: