Sheffield Uni hosts low carbon energy research rig

The fuel cell is the first to enter the UK

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A UK-first low carbon energy research rig has been unveiled at the University of Sheffield.

Launched at the university’s Translational Energy Research Centre, the facility enables research into carbon capture and the production of hydrogen and renewable electricity.

US-based FuelCell Energy has sent the rig across the Atlantic Ocean to the UK, to promote understanding of carbon capture technology.

The research project is expected to be fully operational from this July.

Translational Energy Research Centre Managing Director, Professor Mohamed Pourkashanian, said: “We are very excited to have the first carbonate fuel cell with carbon capture functionality in the UK.

“The carbonate fuel cell technology is identified as a priority next-generation UK carbon capture technology within a recent report commissioned by BEIS and with the technology now installed, we can begin understanding how this exciting technology can benefit existing decarbonisation strategies and become a vital part of new zero-carbon solutions.”