Working together to solve tomorrow's energy dilemmas
The UK government has targets for the reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050 and many scenarios indicate that carbon capture and storage (CCS) will be required to play a major part in order for the UK to achieve these targets. CCS also has the potential to be one of the most cost effective technologies for decarbonisation. As well as tackling emissions CCS represents a major green growth opportunity for the UK. If CCS opportunities develop as anticipated, benefits for UK-based firms have been estimated to be between £3-6.5 billion a year by the late 2020s. Around two-thirds of the world’s electricity is generated from the combustion of fossil fuels and there is a need for skills in aspects such as plant efficiency and flexibility, fuel flexibility and sustainability. Accordingly the area of CCS and clean fossil energy is identified as an area of skills needs.
In January 2014, the Industrial Doctorate Centre in Carbon Capture and Storage and Cleaner Fossil Energy was announced by UK Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as part of a £390 million investment in research and training across next-generation science and engineering.
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the UK’s main agency for funding research in engineering and the physical sciences. EPSRC invests around £800 million a year in research and postgraduate training, to help the nation handle the next generation of technological change.
EPSRC operate to meet the needs of industry and society by working in partnership with universities to invest in people and scientific discovery and innovation. The knowledge and expertise gained maintains a technological leading edge, builds a strong economy and improves people’s quality of life.
EPSRC’s work is complementary to other research investors including other research councils, government agencies, industry and the European Union. They actively engage in and encourage partnerships and collaborations across disciplines, boundaries and the world. They also actively promote public engagement in science, engineering and technology.
About Centres for Doctoral Training
Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) are one of the three main ways by which EPSRC provides support for Doctoral Training. The other routes are the Doctoral Training Grant and Industrial Case Studentships.
EPSRC-funded centres bring together diverse areas of expertise to train engineers and scientists with the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle today's evolving issues, and future challenges. Centres also provide a supportive and exciting environment for students, create new working cultures, build relationships between teams in universities and forge lasting links with industry.
Students are funded for four years and their programme includes technical and transferrable skills training and high levels of industrial involvement, as well as a research element.
EPSRC funding will support the training of 70 EngD and PhD students and is being matched by investment from UK energy companies.
For more information about the work undertaken by EPSRC, please visit the EPSRC website.